We finally know a little bit more about Maniac, the trippy new Netflix series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
Directed by True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, Maniac is based on a 2014 Norwegian television series of the same name. The original series revolves around a man who believes he is seeing and experiencing every dream he has, but in real life he is in an institution, surrounded by other patients, doctors, and psychologists. Fukunaga's version focuses on two strangers, played by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, who participate in a pharmaceutical trial that allows them to go inside of their dreams and act out their fantasies. When the trial goes wrong, both chaos and hilarity ensue.
Netflix is keeping in step with their notoriously cryptic updates about upcoming series (especially those with such a high-profile cast attached). Though the streaming platform has yet to reveal much information about Maniac, here is everything discernible from the enigmatic photos released ahead of the show's premiere.
It's an A-List Star Vehicle
Way before Emma Stone took home her Best Actress Oscar for her performance in La La Land, a full series of Maniac was ordered in March 2016, with both Stone and Jonah Hill attached to star in the show. It was later announced that recurring cast members would include Julia Garner, Jemima Kirke, Sally Field, and Annihilation's Sonoya Mizuno. Even Justin Theroux is attached (which could explain why Theroux recently revealed via Instagram that he's apparently really good friends with Stone). The Maniac cast is a good look for Netflix, which has been giving the greenlight to a whole wave of new series with A-list talent like Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow in the upcoming Ryan Murphy series, The Politician and comedic geniuses like Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch in Amy Poehler's Wine Country.
It's a Source for Style
Believe it or not, Maniac could be your next source of style inspiration. Those monochromatic medical jumpsuits Hill and Stone are wearing in the promo stills released ahead of the premiere look pretty fly, as does Sally Field's red Rajneeshee-chic getup. Plus, Justin Theroux sports some aviator eyewear and a white lab coat while pressing his face up against a giant keyboard—which is, at the very least, a relatable mood for the techno junkie in all of us.
It's a Stylized Dark Comedy
The humor of the original Maniac comes across as slightly less dark than what Netflix promises this American version will have in store for viewers, and while the American version appears to be a bit more stylized than the Norwegian original, it is a comedy nonetheless. Unsure of reality, Espen, the main character in the original series, finds himself fighting Nazis, smoking Cuban cigars, and living a luxurious, often heroic, lifestyle—but of course that's all in his head. Hill and Stone should have the comedic chops to pull this off, too, as Maniac marks the reunion of both actors after their hilarious performances in the 2007 Judd Apatow film Superbad.