Netflix’s ‘Messiah’ Trailer Promises a Series That’s Not What It Seems

     December 3, 2019


Twisty suspense thriller TV shows are boosted by binge-ready streaming services. Gone are the days of impatiently waiting for resolved cliffhangers and plot twists that you forgot during the weeklong break. Instead, you can plow through the deliciously dark plotting as fast as your remote finger can let you, making for an exquisite home entertainment experience. Netflix’s new series Messiah aims to provide that experience. And we’ve got the first trailer for you to watch.


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Created by Michael Petroni (The Book Thief), the series stars Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible — Fallout) as a CIA agent investigating the curious case of a mysterious man played by Mehdi Dehbi (London Has Fallen). A man who claims to be the Messiah, and has the “miracles” to back it up. But there’s no way he’s telling the truth, even as he’s amassing a herd of followers… right? Monaghan must untangle the knots, while an ensemble cast of John OrtizDermot MulroneyBeau Bridges, and many others round out the world. If you dig Homeland but wish it had just a dash of supernatural intrigue — Messiah is the new show for you.

Messiah ascends to Netflix January 1, 2020. Check out the official trailer and synopsis below. Also, here’s one of the series directors James McTeigue giving us a tease. Plus, our interview with Monaghan about underrated actioner Sleepless. And finally, for more Netflix nail-biters, here are the best thrillers you can watch on the streaming service right now.

When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers information about a man (Mehdi Dehbi) gaining international attention through acts of public disruption, she begins an investigation into his origins. As he continues to cultivate followers who allege he’s performing miracles, the global media become increasingly beguiled by this charismatic figure. Geller must race to unravel the mystery of whether he really is a divine entity or a deceptive con artist capable of dismantling the world’s geopolitical order. As the story unfolds, multiple perspectives are interwoven including that of an Israeli intelligence officer (Tomer Sisley), a Texas preacher (John Ortiz) and his daughter (Stefania LaVie Owen), a Palestinian refugee (Sayyid El Alami) and the journalist (Jane Adams) who covers the story. The series also stars Melinda Page Hamilton, Wil Traval, Fares Landoulsi, Dermot Mulroney and Beau Bridges.

Created by Michael Petroni (The Book Thief), directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and Kate Woods (Rectify), and executive produced by Petroni, McTeigue, Andrew Deane (The Double), Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (The Bible Series, Ben Hur), the Netflix original series MESSIAH is a provocative and suspenseful thriller that explores the power of influence and belief in the social media age.