Netflix’s limited series ‘Maniac’ starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill gets premiere date, teaser trailer


Netflix announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that Maniac, a new 10-episode limited series starring Oscar winner Emma Stone and Oscar nominee Jonah Hill will premiere on the streamer on September 21.

A teaser trailer for the dark comedy, Maniac, was also released, which you can check out below.

While the teaser doesn’t give much away, according to Variety, it revolves around strangers Annie Landsberg, played by Stone and Owen Milgram, played by Hill, who become involved in a pharmaceutical trial during its later stages.

Neither’s life has turned out as planned. Annie is aimless and haunted by her broken relationships with her mother and sister. Meanwhile, Owen, the fifth son of a wealthy New York family, has struggled with schizophrenia his whole life, although his diagnosis is disputed.

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Annie and Owen join the pharmaceutical trial based on the promise that the sequence of pills being tested can repair any trouble of the mind, from mental illness to heartbreak. The inventor of the pills, Dr. James K. Mantleray will be played by Justin Theroux.

The show will also star Oscar winner Sally Field in an unspecified role.

Maniac, which Deadline reports is based on a 2014 Norwegian series, was created and written by Patrick Somerville. This will be a re-teaming of Somerville with Theroux, as Somerville wrote for the acclaimed series The Leftovers, in which Theroux starred.

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The series is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who also directed the Netflix film Beasts of No Nation and the first season of the HBO series True Detective.

Those who remember the 2007 movie Superbad will no doubt be interested to see Stone and Hill acting opposite one another again. The comedy catapulted both actors to stardom and each of their careers has evolved in the decade since. Maniac will offer a very different piece of work for the two performers, but it should be fascinating to see how their dynamic works in the new series.

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