With filming of the dark comedy currently underway in New York City, Netflix has announced that Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) will be joining Emma Stone (La-La Land) and Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) for the streaming service’s new 10 episode, half-hour comedy series Maniac. Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective) will direct every episode of the season; and will serve as executive producer of the series with Stone and Hill, along with Michael Sugar and Doug Wald of Anonymous Content; Kruke Kristiansen & Anne Kolbjornsen; Espen PA Lervaag & Kjetil Indegard; and Ashley Zalta.
Maniac is based on a 2014 Norwegian series that focuses on a man who lives-out his fantasy life in his mind while his reality is spent locked-up in a mental institution. Hill and Stone will both play patients in the institution, while Theroux will play James Mantleray. Though no further details on the character were given, he’s believed to be a mad-scientist-type doctor who might have an alcohol problem.
The original series was written and directed by Hakon Bast Mossige and Lervaag, who also star in the show. The TV2-airing series is produced by Pal Kristiansen and Anna Kolbjørnsen of Rubicon TV and distributed by EspenHuseby of Nordic World.
Here’s a look at a trailer from the original series, along with TV2’s synopsis of the first episode:
“The patient, Espen, has apparently withdrawn from reality and the newly appointed psychologist Mina becomes curious about Espen. He is interested in the new woman who appears in his life and decides to pull her into her own fantasy world where he is superhero.”
Aside from his critically-acclaimed three-year run on HBO’s The Leftovers, Theroux is best known for his work with film director David Lynch in Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006), and in The Girl on the Train (2016). As a screenwriter, Theroux is best known for his work on films as varied as Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2 and Rock of Ages.