Netflix ‘Maniac’: Release Date, Cast, Trailers, Plot And Everything You Need To Know

31 July 2018, 08:29 | Updated: 6 August 2018, 15:09

Emma and Jonah
Picture: Michele K. Short / Netflix
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in the Cary Fukanaga directed Netflix series 'Maniac'. The series will drop in September but, until then, here are the trailers, announcements, and plot details you need to know.

The Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, and Cary Fukunaga produced dark comedy series Maniac will arrive on Netflix in September 2018. Based on a Norwegian TV series of the same name, Maniac will feature Jonah Hill and Emma Stones as leads in a story about a pharmaceutical trial gone wrong.

When does Maniac drop on Netflix, what is it about, and who is starring on the programme? Here’s everything you need to know about Netflix’s Maniac.

When does Maniac (2018) premiere on Netflix?

Maniac will be available for streaming on Netflix on September 21, 2018. The 10-episode limited series will arrive all at once.

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Maniac (2018) Netflix teasers and trailers

On July 29, Netflix released a teaser for its upcoming series Maniac. While there wasn't much plot information in the minute long teaser, fans were able to get a sense of the surrealism and psychological nature of the show.

In the teaser a voice over delivers a short monologue."Once you begin to appreciate the structure of the mind, there's no reason to believe that anything about us can't be changed. The mind can be solved."

On August 6, 2018, the Maniac Twitter account dropped another trailer. The second, more robust, look at the upcoming series sets up the premise of a pharmaceutical trial where the participants construct surreal realities in their minds.

Who is in Netflix’s ‘Maniac’ (2018) ? - Cast

Maniac can boast a star studded cast of accomplished film and television actors.

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone play Owen Milgrim and Annie Landsberg, respectively. Fans may remember that Hill and Stone acted opposite one another in Superbad.

Sonoya Mizuno and Justin Theroux are Dr. Fujita and Dr. James K. Mantleray. Sally Field, Billy Magnussen, Jemima Kirke, and Julia Garner are also part of the series' main and reoccurring cast.

Emma and Jonah
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What is Netflix's 'Maniac' (2018) about? - Plot

Though Maniac is based on the Norwegian series of the same name, there are some key differences. Netflix has released a synopsis of the upcoming series.

Set in a world somewhat like our world, in a time quite similar to our time, Maniac
tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. 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 (Justin Theroux), 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.

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Maniac Netflix. Picture: Michele K. Short / Netflix