Netflix has given us an unsettling first look at their new series Maniac, from Emmy-winning True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga. The 10-episode series reunites Superbad’s Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, who star as “two strangers who find themselves caught up in a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial gone awry,” according to Netflix’s official synopsis.
Maniac is directed entirely by Fukunaga, written by author Patrick Somerville and based on a 2014 Norwegian series of the same name, in which a participant in a psychiatric experiment lives and delights in his dreams and fantasies, failing to realize that he is actually confined to an institution. Hill and Stone are joined by Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), Sally Field (Lincoln), Julia Garner (Waco), Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina) and Jemima Kirke (Girls), per IndieWire.
Fukunaga’s most recent project was 2015’s Golden Globe-nominated Beasts of No Nation, also distributed by Netflix. The director first rose to prominence with his virtuosic direction on the first season of HBO’s True Detective—he won his Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series in recognition of his exceptional work on episode four, “Who Goes There.” Paste’s Shane Ryan praised the director to the skies in his 2014 review of the episode, calling it “a striking showcase for Fukunaga.” By the looks of it, Maniac is shaping up to be another.
See Netflix’s first-look stills from Maniac below, and stay tuned for more info on this enigmatic series. For now, Netflix lists its premiere date only as “upcoming.”