Emma & Jonah’s twisted twisted ad­ven­ture ad­ven­ture MA­NIAC

The Su­per­bad co-stars re­unite for a mys­te­ri­ous new Net­flix se­ries

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You’d be crazy to miss Net­flix’s most-an­tic­i­pated show of 2018, Ma­niac, which brings to­gether two of our big-screen faves on the small screen – and a Su­per­bad re­union for Emma Stone and Jonah Hill!

De­scribed as “multi-re­al­ity brain magic sh*t”, the 10-episode sci-fi com­edy fol­lows trou­bled strangers An­nie Lands­berg (Emma) and Owen Mil­grim (Jonah) , who are trapped in a mind-bend­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal trial that ends up go­ing pear­shaped. But the side ef­fects aren’t as mi­nor as a rash. Nope, An­nie and Owen end up caught in a spi­ral of al­ter­nate uni­verses – In­cep­tion- style!

So how’d they end up in this mess? Owen – a “poor lit­tle rich boy”, sus­pected of strug­gling with schizophre­nia – and An­nie, who’s ob­sessed with her dys­func­tional re­la­tion­ships with her fam­ily, both sign up for a three-day drug trial, tak­ing a magic pill that “prom­ises you a bet­ter to­mor­row” with no side ef­fects. Ex­cept there are...


An­nie, Owen and a bunch of other par­tic­i­pants are thrown into a mash-up of dif­fer­ent “re­al­i­ties”. In one, the pair – who be­come lovers – are rais­ing chil­dren to­gether, and in an­other they’re gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials plot­ting war.

Sound wacky? It is! Just ask the rest of Hol­ly­wood’s It-list who are part of the se­ries. Roll call: Justin Th­er­oux plays the doc­tor in charge, Sally Field is on board play­ing a celebrity ther­a­pist, and Ju­lia Garner ( Ozark), Jemima Kirke ( Girls), Sonoya Mizuno ( Crazy Rich Asians), Gabriel Byrne

and Billy Mag­nussen all star in the se­ries which is de­scribed as Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory meets Stranger Things meets Eter­nal Sun­shine Of The Spot­less Mind.

“The thing I liked about Ma­niac was that it’s about peo­ple who have their own in­ter­nal strug­gles and are try­ing to fix them with a pill,” says Emma. “But you see over the course of the show that hu­man con­nec­tion and love is re­ally the only thing that gets us through life. I liked that idea.”

The ac­tress says re­unit­ing with Jonah was an­other draw­card.

“I love Jonah. I had worked with him on the first movie I ever did [ Su­per­bad],” says Emma, who ad­mits the pair had lots to catch up on be­tween takes. “Ob­vi­ously lots of things have hap­pened in the past 11 years, so it was nice to just get to be around each other.”


The di­rec­tor Cary Fuku­naga ad­mits to act­ing a lit­tle manic him­self by throw­ing out half of the se­ries’ scripts and start­ing from scratch three months be­fore pro­duc­tion was due to be­gin!

“I was say­ing this wasn’t good enough. We need to look at this again and tear it apart and go again,” he says, de­fend­ing his de­ci­sion. “I was like, ‘The whole joy in this is to be able to play with dif­fer­ent worlds and we’re not do­ing that. So we need to... make that hap­pen.’”

And tak­ing the risk paid off! “It made it hard to bud­get, it made it hard to sched­ule,” says Cary. “But it was the right move.” Ma­niac drops Fri­day on Net­flix

An­nie (Emma) takes on mul­ti­ple iden­ti­ties dur­ing the ex­per­i­ment Emma and Jonah are rak­ing in a cool $350,000 each per episode

Justin and Sonoyo play the brains be­hind the ex­per­i­ment Dur­ing film­ing, Justin was ru­moured to be dat­ing Emma ‘It’s re­ally cool,’ says Ju­lia of star­ring along­side Emma Jonah not only stars in the se­ries, but also serves as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer!

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