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The first full trailer for Netflix's Maniac will have you second-guessing your reality

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Aug 6, 2018

Imagine Christopher Nolan's Inception. Now turn that movie up to 11 and watch it run wild. That's pretty much the vibe we're getting from Netflix's upcoming sci-fi psychological drama miniseries Maniac, whose first full trailer is now making its rounds online.

Initial descriptions of the show spoke of a group of folks taking part in a revolutionary drug trial, but the new trailer is much, much more than that. It looks like the series will transcend genre, time periods, and even reality itself. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star as the two main characters, Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim, each of them with their own respective set of psychological issues. 

Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux) promises them an easy fix, but his methods are unorthodox to say the least.

Watch them at work in the preview below:

Based on the trailer, Mantleray's solution involves placing patients into their own minds and the minds of their fellow patients. But even then, their psyches begin to take them to government war rooms and Middle-earth fantasy worlds. As Annie puts it, "This is some multi-reality brain magic sh**." The procedure then takes a turn for the worse (or perhaps best) when Annie and Owen's minds become more and more entangled.

"Every time I separate them, they just find their way back together," says Mantleray's assistant, underscoring that this will be a love story told across multiple planes of reality.

Check out the first poster:

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Credit: Netflix

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Season 1 of True Detective), Maniac was written by Patrick Somerville and based on the Norwegian television program of the same name. Sally Field, Sonoya Mizuno, Julia Garner, Jemima Kirke, Billy Magnussen, and Gabriel Byrne are also a part of the cast. 

Maniac begins its zany drug trial on Netflix Sept. 21.