Netflix on Monday released the first trailer for Maniac, its highly anticipated new series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
The series – from Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of True Detective and Beasts of No Nation — stars Stone and Hill as strangers who find themselves caught up in a bizarre pharmaceutical trial gone awry.
Maniac is a remake of a Norwegian series of the same name, which came out in 2014.
The 10-episode Maniac stars former Superbad duo Jonah Hill (as Owen Milgrim) and Emma Stone (as Annie Landsberg) as “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, 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 cast also includes Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters), Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) and Jemima Kirke (Girls), as well as Julia Garner (Ozark) and Sonova Mizuno (Ex Machina).
“Manaic” premieres Friday, September 21 on Netflix.