Peacock has dropped the official teaser for A Friend of the Family, Nick Antosca’s forthcoming true crime drama miniseries, which will make its debut on October 6. The video gives us our first preview of how a master manipulator and predator infiltrated the close-knit family of The Brobergs, leading to the kidnapping of Jan Broberg.
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Check out the A Friend of the Family trailer below:
Additionally, Antosca released a statement to address interested viewers.
“It’s easy to judge the Broberg family’s story from the outside,” Antosca said. “Sometimes when people first hear it, they get defensive: ‘How could these parents have let this happen? I’m not like them.’ It is understandable. It’s a surreal story. When I first heard it, I empathized with the family’s vulnerability, and I felt like I understood their story from the outside. But it stayed with me, and I wanted to understand from the inside — to know what their lives felt like, to live in each family member’s experience, to see how they were caught in such a bizarre web, and to help audiences empathize with them too.”
A Friend of the Family will be based on the stranger-than-fiction kidnapping story of Jan Broberg, who was kidnapped by their neighbor Robert Berchtold on two different occasions during the 1970s. Broberg will be serving as a producer along with her mother Mary Ann Broberg, who previously wrote a memoir together about the horrifying incident titled Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story.
The drama will also star Anna Paquin (True Blood) as Mary Ann Broberg, Jake Lacy (The White Lotus) as Robert Berchtold, Colin Hanks (The Offer) as Bob, Lio Tipton (Why Women Kill) as Gail Berchtold, and Hendrix Yancey & McKenna Grace as Jan Broberg.
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A Friend of the Family hails from writer, executive producer, and showrunner Nick Antosca, who’s known for his work on Hulu’s acclaimed true crime miniseries The Act. Eliza Hittman (Never Rarely Sometimes Always) has also boarded the project to direct multiple episodes, including the pilot. It is a production by UCP. Executive producers are Hittman and Alex Hedlund, with Top Knot Films’ Skye Borgman set as a consulting producer.
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