When you're a show like Maniac where the main character can create whatever fantasy world he wants in his mind, you have to go into it expecting every unexpected possible. A slimmed-down Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) sporting long, braided hair in some kind form of pseudo-homage to Gary Oldman from True Romance was definitely not one of those unexpected things that I was expecting.
But that's apparently what we're getting, as entertainment website JustJared released new on-set photos from the set of Netflix's new 10 episode, half-hour comedy series Maniac. Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective). Based on the original 2014 Norwegian series, Maniac 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 Emma Stone (La-La Land) will both play patients in the institution. Fukunaga will direct the entire season from Patrick Somerville's (The Leftovers) adaptation; and will serve as series executive producer with Stone and Hill.
Here are some additional first-looks from the set:
Sonoya Mizuno (Dr. Fujita); Aaralyn Anderson (Belle Milgrim); Geoffrey Cantor (Frank); Julia Garner (Ellie); Josh Pais (Andy); Justin Theroux (James Mantleray); and Rob Yang (Matt Ming) will be joining Hill and Stone on the series.
Production on Maniac began in August 2017, with principal photography expected to wrap by the end of November 2017. Michael Sugar and Doug Wald of Anonymous Content; Kruke Kristiansen & Anne Kolbjornsen; Espen PA Lervaag & Kjetil Indegard; and Ashley Zalta will also serve as executive producers.
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"The patient, Espen, has apparently withdrawn from reality and the newly appointed psychologist Mina becomes curious about Espen.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."