Emma Stone & Jonah Hill Join New TV Series & Here's Why It's A Great Career Move
There used to be a day and age when it would seem strange for famous movie stars at the height of their careers to make the move to television — but such occurrences seem to be becoming the norm. For instance: Viola Davis made the move to television to take the lead role in the ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder, and Patrick Dempsey seems to effortlessly glide between both film and television on a regular basis. Now, according to Entertainment Weekly, Emma Stone and Jonah Hill are heading to TV too, which a new series based on the Norwegian show Maniac — meaning they will be reuniting for the first time since 2007's Superbad.
Although the two both got their starts with more comedic roles (like The 40 Year-Old Virgin for Hill and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody for Stone) (... yes, that happened), over the last few years, the two have focused more on a shift to more dramatic acting. Hill, after all, took on a role in The Wolf of Wall Street, and Stone in Birdman. Now, they will be combining both comedy and drama for the new series, which Entertainment Weekly describes as a black comedy. The pair would be playing two patients in a psychiatric ward in the series. As for the plot of the show — Maniac, the original Norwegian show, follows the adventures of a patient who escapes life by living in a fantasy world of his own creation, so it's probable it'll be pretty similar to that, just as it's probable that the patient will either be portrayed by Hill or Stone. Additionally, it will be directed by True Detective Season 1 helmer Cary Fukunaga.
As well as starring in the series, the two will also be executive producing it alongside Fukunaga.
While it may seem like a strange career move for two Academy Award-nominated actors, it is actually the perfect blend of their skills and talents. There are so many stories to be told in Hollywood through the medium of TV, and it is becoming a much bigger draw for film stars to make the shift.
Hill and Stone are two actors that can make these characters come to life effortlessly, so this is the perfect casting for the show. Hopefully it gets picked up for a full series order, and we'll get to see a lot more of them on the small screen soon.
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