The trailer for Netflix’s new series starring Uzo Aduba and Matthew Broderick is here.
The limited drama series, titled Painkiller, is a fictionalized retelling inspired by real events based on America’s opioid crisis. Painkiller premieres on August 10 on Netflix.
The series is based on the book 'PAIN KILLER' by Barry Meier.
Here’s an official description:
PAINKILLER is a scripted limited series that explores some of the origins and aftermath of the opioid crisis in America, highlighting the stories of the perpetrators, victims, and truth-seekers whose lives are forever altered by the invention of OxyContin. An examination of crime, accountability, and the systems that have repeatedly failed hundreds of thousands of Americans, PAINKILLER is based on the book PAIN KILLER by Barry Meier and the New Yorker Magazine article ‘The Family That Built anthe Empire of Pain’ by Patrick Radden Keefe.
The series stars Aduba, Broderick, Taylor Kitsch, Dina Shihabi, West Duchovny and John Rothman.
The show's director and executive producer Pete Berg "set out to unpack the 'how' and the 'who' of the epidemic."
“Everyone knows that the opioid crisis is bad,” Berg said in a conversation with Netflix’s Tudum. “But this is the origin story of the collision between medicine and money that allowed it to happen. One of the many things that I thought was missing [from the conversation about OxyContin] was the introduction of the drug into mainstream medicine. How Arthur Sackler, this psychiatrist from New York who specialized in lobotomies, started to realize that the future was in pills — specifically in advertising pills. Whoever could market their drug better was going to make the most money.”
Painkiller is executive produced by Eric Newman, Pete Berg, Alex Gibney, and showrunners/creators Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster.
Watch the trailer below: