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Emma Stone and Jonah Hill find some “multi-reality, brain magic shit” in ‘Maniac’ trailer

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in Maniac

From Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of Nation, True Detective, The Alienist) comes Maniac, a new mind-bending limited series starring Oscar winner Emma Stone (La La Land) and Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street).

The pair star as Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim, two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial conducted by Dr. James Mantleray (Justin Theroux, The Leftovers) who administers his own pills and version of therapy. “Is this therapy now?” asks Annie. “It’s not therapy, it’s science,” Mantleray says. “Once you begin to appreciate the structure of the mind, there’s no reason to believe anything about us can’t be changed. Pain can be destroyed. The mind can be solved.”

Through trips, dreams and hallucinations, Annie and Owen are constantly separated yet keep finding themselves in their alter-realities.

Official synopsis:

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.
Sonova Mizuno and Sally Field in Maniac

The cast also includes two-time Oscar winner Sally Field (Norma Rae, Places in the Heart, TV’s Brothers and Sisters), Jemima Kirke (Girls), Julia Garner (Ozark), Billy Magnussen (Game Night) and Sonova Mizuno (Ex Machina).

Created by Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers, The Bridge), all 10 episodes are directed by Fukunaga and written by Somerville and Mauricio Katz (The Bridge).

Maniac arrives exclusively on Netflix September 21st.

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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