Netflix drops 'Maniac' teaser, starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone as victims of a drug test gone wrong

'Maniac,' which comes from The True Detective season 1 director Cory Fukunaga, is all set to premiere on September 21.


                            Netflix drops 'Maniac' teaser, starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone as victims of a drug test gone wrong

Netflix seems to have added another winner to its stable of upcoming star-studded movies and TV shows this, if the recent teaser release of dark comedy 'Maniac' is anything to go by.

The series, created by 'True Detective' season 1 director Cory Fukunaga, is all set to premiere on September 21 and stars the likes of Jonah Hill and Emma Stone in a plot based on a Norwegian series.

Hill and Stone play strangers united during a strange trial for a drug treatment that is supposed to cure any mental illness or anguish of sorts. As you can expect, all the drama goes down once the drug fails to perform as expected. 

With Justin Theroux and Sally Field rounding out the main cast, the first teaser does just what it's supposed to - highlighting Theroux's character, Dr. Mantleray's optimism, as he firmly states, "The mind can be solved."

A scene from the teaser of Maniac. Source: YouTube
A scene from the teaser of Maniac. Source: YouTube

Hill plays the role of Owen and Stone is Annie; the two are a part of a three day pharmaceutical trial under Dr. Mantleray's supervision. They are joined by ten other strangers in the facility of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech where the trial is supposed to take place - and as ironic as it sounds, there were supposed to be no repercussions to their bodies. 

While both Hill and Stone appear without a spoken word from their side in the teaser, and Field is nowhere to be seen, the intensity of it all is grasped just brilliantly enough to warn viewers that things aren't all that black and white, as the teaser might seem.

Literally speaking though, the trailer is colourful. With monochrome settings showing both Hill and Stone's characters in different lights, as Theroux's grim voiceover continues in the background. It's not that far fetched to assume that with Netflix's ground rules on creative freedom, Fukunaga is having quite the last exploring.

The limited series is going to be primarily of 10 episodes and has been created by novelist Patrick Somerville - best known for episodes of the HBO seminal drama, 'The Leftovers,' which also starred Theroux, in the lead role alongside Ann Dowd and Carrie Coon.

But this show also sees the reunion of Stone and Hill, who were last seen sharing screen space in the 2007 comedy, 'Superbad'. Individually, both Stone and Hill have had quite the eventful year so far as well.

'The Favourite', starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz is all geared up to open the 56th New York Film Festival, while Jonah Hill - who has writer-director credits to his name now, recently dropped the trailer of his first ever feature film, Mid-90s - which showcases the story of a young teen amidst a life of sex, drugs and inevitable peer pressure.

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