"Do you know who killed JonBenét Ramsey?" a young blonde girl asks in a clip from Netflix's Casting JonBenét documentary

By Lindsay Kimble
January 19, 2017 03:33 PM
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Trailing a slew of documentaries, specials and renewed interest in the still-unsolved 1996 slaying of 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey, Netflix is next approaching the infamous case — with a twist.

In a new clip from the streaming service’s upcoming “documentary hybrid,” Casting JonBenét, a group of young blonde girls assembles for a casting session dressed in patriotic ensembles reminiscent of JonBenét’s time on the child pageant circuit.

One girl, Hannah, faces the camera and holds a clapboard.

“My name is Hannah and I’m auditioning for the role of JonBenét Ramsey,” she says. After a beat, the blue-eyed girl asks, “Do you know who killed JonBenét Ramsey?”

JonBenét was found dead in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado, on Christmas Day in 1996. No one has ever been convicted of her killing. Her parents and brother have always maintained their innocence in the little girl’s death.

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Casting JonBenét is, according to Netflix, a “stylized exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case.”

The film features interviews and reflections from members of the Ramsey’s Colorado hometown as well as performances from the local community.

“In doing so, Casting JonBenét examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behavior of successive generations of parents and children,” a news release says.

A scene from Casting JonBenét
| Credit: Netflix

Casting JonBenét is directed by Kitty Green and premieres on Sunday at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

It will premiere on Netflix and in limited theatrical release in April.