Our first look at Netflix’s upcoming “limited series” Maniac has hit the web. It’s a teaser trailer, so we don’t get much. But we can get a vibe from the minute long clip. And the show’s first look is a bit off-putting – in an intriguing way.
The entire Maniac teaser is just the two leads, Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, sitting across from each other at a table. The duo are patients taking part in a clinical trial. Dr. James K. Mantleray, played by Justin Theroux, has created a revolutionary new drug that can cure any problems within the human mind. Sally Field is also part of the cast in an unspecified role.
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As you may suspect, things don’t exactly work out they way everyone is hoping. Here’s Netflix’s official summation of the limited series:
“Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons.
Annie’s disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. Neither of their lives have turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment—a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak—draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.”
Described as a black comedy, the show is being adapted from the Norwegian series of the same name. Cary Fukunaga is the director on the project, and Patrick Somerville penned the scripts. Maniac will be comprised of 30 minute episodes across its 10 episode season. The show will debut on Netflix September 21st.