Mindhunter was a massive artistic success for Netflix, finding a perfect balance between a police procedural and a period drama. It was filled with beautiful camerawork (David Fincher directed four episodes of the first season), great writing and brilliant performances from some all-star actors. Cameron Britton, the man tasked with bringing real-life serial killer Edmund Kemper to life, stood head-and-shoulders above the rest (literally) and quickly became the most memorable part of the season. Britton has since capitalized on the buzz surrounding his work on the show and has joined the cast of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the follow up to 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
As reported by Paste, Britton will be playing a close associate to the series’ heroin Lisbeth Salander. He will be a computer expert whom she reaches out to when she needs assistance. Claire Foy (The Crown) will play Salander alongside Britton, Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049) and Claes Bang (The Square). Fede Alvarez, who directed last year’s Don’t Breathe will be directing from a script, written by himself and Jay Basu, based on the book written by David Lagercrantz, who continued Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series after the author’s death.
Britton’s physical presence and size were the first things you noticed on Mindhunter, but it was his demeanor that lent his performance its gravitas. He is able to be charming, sympathetic and polite one second, and in the next calmly describe how he murdered, decapitated and then desecrated his mother’s corpse. His delivery is monotonous and very matter-of-fact, but his eyes tell a different story. Britton is able to convey a rage so deep and bottomless that he is like a coiled spring inside a paper bag. He will joke with you about police shows and ask you kindly for a slice of pizza, but you can tell that the man’s capability for gruesome violence is endless. It will be interesting to see how Fede Alvarez, whose Don’t Breathe was one of the best horror films of 2016, can use Britton in the next chapter of the Millenium Series.