An exclusive look at Maniacreveals more about the plot as the new trailer takes us on a journey of “some multi-reality brain magic shit”.
So far we know that the show follows two strangers named Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim, played by ex-Superbad co-stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, as they embark on a drug trial for a wonder pill that promises to “repair anything about the mind”. Judging by the new two and a half minute trailer, it looks like this black comedy-cum-psychological thriller may fill the Eternal Sunshine shaped hole in all of our lives.
The dark clip shows that things within the research centre don’t actually go to plan as the doctor appears to lose control of the experiment. The subjects jump between lifelike scenarios while sedated and even though the protagonists don’t previously know each other, it appears their consciousnesses are inseparable throughout as they traverse the alternative universes.
According to the show’s synopsis both were drawn in by their unhappy lives. Annie is fixated on her broken relationships (aren’t we all?), while Owen is the son of a wealthy businessman who suffers 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 (Justin Theroux), claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak,” the Netflix statement reads. “(This) 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.”
The series has been adapted from a Norwegian television series of the same name and will drop on Netflix on September 21. Watch the trailer below.