‘Maniac’ is an American psychological comedy-drama that airs on Netflix and first premiered on September 21, 2018. It has been created by Patrick Somerville of ‘The Leftovers‘ fame and Cary Joji Fukunaga whose notable works include the first season of ‘True Detective‘, ‘Beasts of No Nation‘, and the upcoming ‘Bond 25‘.
When ‘Superbad‘ first came out in 2007, its largely unknown cast caught the eye. The young, raw, and hilarious ensemble included names like Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Bill Hader, and Michael Cera. All have gone on to achieve worldwide fame and are now A-list superstars. The golden pair of Hill and Stone got back together again, albeit in a different form. The two share the screen in ‘Maniac’, which is based on the Norwegian series of the same name by Espen PA Lervaag, Håakon Bast Mossige, Kjetil Indregard, and Ole Marius Araldsen.
The premise of the show is based on two strangers drawn to a pharmaceutical trial that assures to solve all their problems with no side effects. However, as the story progresses, they and the viewers quickly realize that things have stopped going according to the plan. During its run, not only has the show garnered an intensely strong fan following, but has also been lauded by critics, who have said, ” ‘Maniac’ enthralls with its dazzling visuals, adventurous narrative, and striking performances from both Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.”
Maniac Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Maniac’ is led by Emma Stone, famous for films like ‘Birdman‘ and ‘The Favourite‘, who plays the role of Annie Landsberg. Annie has a borderline personality disorder and dwells unhealthily on her past relationships. While undergoing the medical trial, in pill-induced states, Stone also portrays other versions of the same character namely Linda Marino, Arlie Kane, Annia, and Ruth.
Jonah Hill, who has upped his game with performances in ‘Moneyball‘ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘, appears in the role of Owen Milgrim, who is the schizophrenic son of a wealthy man. Owen’s streak of independence makes him want to stay without assistance from his family. However, he finds making headway difficult, as his condition makes it hard for him to hold down a job and provide for himself. Hill also plays other versions of the same character namely Bruce Marino, Oliver “Ollie” Hightower, and Snorri.
Justin Theroux, who is known for ‘Mulholland Drive‘ and ‘The Girl on the Train’, plays the role of Dr. James K. Mantleray, who is a scientist woking for the pharmaceutical company that conducts the trial that Annie and Owen sign up for.