Emma Stone and Jonah Hill show the insane perils of pharmaceutical trials in a new teaser for the upcoming Netflix series, Maniac.
Directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga and written by The Leftovers’ Patrick Somerville, this series is a remake of the 2014 Norwegian series of the same name from Espen PA Lervaag and Hakon Bast Mossige – which you can watch on Netflix now – following a pharmaceutical trial gone wrong.
Stone and Hill play Annie and Owen, two people lured into a three-day drug trial by Dr. James K Mantleray (Justin Theroux) who promises them that he can cure all their mental ailments. Giving of some serious Legion vibes, this teaser sees the duo sitting across from each other in a colourful room, as Mantleray speaks to them in voiceover.
The synopsis for Maniac reads:
“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.”
The 10-episode series lands on Netflix on September 21st.