Dr. Death has dropped its full trailer, shedding more light on the story that will be tackled in season two of the Peacock anthology coming Dec. 21.
The follow-up to season one of the true-crime thriller, which starred Joshua Jackson as neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch, is also based on the hit Wondery podcast of the same name. This season centers on Edgar Ramírez as the charming celebrity surgeon named Paolo Macchiarini, who rose to fame after performing the world’s first synthetic organ transplant. (A Google search reveals how his story ended; but no spoilers here.)
The season is based on the true story explored in the podcast’s third season about “Miracle Man” Paolo Macchiarini, who is described for the series as “a charming surgeon renowned for his innovative operations.”
The trailer sees Paolo talking about changing the world with his groundbreaking work, and whose artificial organs are initially hailed as “medical miracles.” The footage also spends more time with investigative journalist Benita Alexander, who is played by This Is Us star Mandy Moore in a darker turn. As she approaches Paolo for a story, the logline teases, “The line between personal and professional begins to blur, changing her life forever. As she learns how far Paolo will go to protect his secrets, a group of doctors halfway across the world make shocking discoveries of their own that call everything about Paolo into question.”
When Paolo is accused of experimenting on people to tragic proportions, he claims, “My team and I have to deal with very extreme cases,” which helps to divert what is actually happening.
The cast also includes Luke Kirby, Ashley Madekwe and Gustaf Hammarsten. Ashley Michel Hoban is showrunner and executive producers are Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Taylor Latham (Escape Artists); Aaron Hart, Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy (Wondery); Linda Gase; and director Jennifer Morrison.
All eight episodes of the limited series from UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, stream Dec. 21 on Peacock.