Mind-Fixing ‘Maniac’

(Above: Emma Stone in Netflix’s ‘Maniac.’)

“The mind can be solved.”

Netflix’s Maniac, a 10-episode drama debuting this Friday, September 21, tells the stories of participants in an unnervingly mysterious pharmaceutical trial.

The series’ leads are two marquee big screen actors: Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.

Stone is rudderless Annie Landsberg who can’t seem to escape dysfunctional relationships with her mother and sister. Hill is Owen Milgrim whose last name suggests a play-on-words (milligram, as in dosage, or the infamous Stanley Milgram experiment). Milgrim, from a wealthy family of industrialists, has spent a lifetime dealing with a disputed schizophrenia diagnosis.

The soothing and creepy Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux), who claims to be the ultimate mind-fixer, lures Landsberg, Milgrim and ten other strangers to Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial. There, he assures the participants, he will alleviate their problems with no side effects.

Sally Field also stars as another doctor.

For more information, visit Netflix.

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