“I’m auditioning for the role of JonBenet Ramsey,” says a child actress in the trailer for Netflix’s upcoming retrospective. Innocently dressed as the 6-year-old pageant star, she asks, “Do you know who killed JonBenet Ramsey?”
In “Casting JonBenet,” which documentary filmmaker Kitty Green debuted at Sundance earlier this year, actors from around the Boulder, Colorado, area where the Ramsey family once lived ostensibly audition for the roles of various players in the unsolved murder ― including JonBenet’s parents, Patsy and John, and her brother Burke. The actors are also asked to share their personal feelings on whodunnit as they recount details of the case. In the trailer, their voices are woven together into a darkly entertaining narrative marked by swirling suspicion.
“In cases like that, it’s always somebody you know,” one actor muses.
“I think he’s the innocent one.”
“There’s no way a 9-year-old could pull off a murder like this.”
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the full film also asks the actors to share meditations on why the murder still seems to resonate with them so many years later. They’re not the only ones who can’t let it go ― reflecting a nationwide fascination with the morbid story, the film follows several other projects that aired last fall around the 20th anniversary of JonBenet’s Christmas 1996 death.
Catch the full trailer above. “Casting JonBenet” debuts on Netflix April 28.