E. Oliver Whitney
July 30, 2018
If Justin Theroux?promised?he could cure all your problems if you decided to pop a handful of pills, will you refuse? Get real, it’s Justin Theroux, how do you refuse?
That’s the final?idea behind?Netflix’s new limited?series Maniac from The?Leftovers?writer Patrick Somerville and directed by?True Detective alum?Cary Fukunaga. A remake with the 2014 Norwegian series of the same name from Hakon Bast Mossige and Espen PA Lervaag (which you’ll stream on Netflix now),?this version follows a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial gone wrong, because what may possibly go awry any time a doc offers fix you with mysterious drugs!
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill play 2 people who’re lured to a three-day drug trial by Theroux’s Dr. James K. Mantleray (OK, maybe don’t trust Theroux that has a name like that), who promises to cure their mental ailments. The earliest teaser trailer shows Stone and Hill?sitting across from one another inside a room?flooded with color?as Theroux speaks in an eerie meditational voiceover. It certainly sends out trippy?Legion vibes. Here’s the full synopsis:
Set in the world somewhat like our universe, these days quite the same as our time, Maniac tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers enthusiastic about the late stages of the mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each in their own business. Annie’s disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships back with her mother and her sister; Owen, your fifth son of wealthy New york city industrialists, has struggled his life insurance coverage having a disputed carried out schizophrenia. Neither within their lives have ended up quite right, and also the commitment of a completely new, radical variety of pharmaceutical treatment-a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything around the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak-draws them and ten other strangers towards facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for any three-day drug trial that may, they’re assured, devoid of complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve almost all their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.
The 10-episode limited series, which also stars Sally Field, Jemima Kirke,?Julia Garner, and Sonoya Mizuno, will arrive on Netflix September 21.
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