The first trailer for Hulu’s new drama miniseries, Sick, presents all the operating and heartbreaking aspects of the country’s opioid crisis, exposing a scene where a large pharmaceutical company has a lot to gain at the cost of the lives of workers.
Sick examines how a company, Purdue pharma, sparked the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to America’s epicenter opioid addiction crisis, from Big Pharma conference rooms to a distressed Virginia mining community to the halls of the DEA. Michael Keaton plays Dr Samuel Finnix, who approaches his practice with kindness and compassion and is wary of the addictive effects of drugs. Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart, amazing) is one of his patients, a minor who turns to Oxycontin in order to control the pains of eachday life. Then there are the big bad pill pushers, with Michael Stuhlbarg as Purdue’s senior executive, Richard Sackler, and Will Poulter as a company representative. The last major player in this story is Rosario Dawson, who plays the DEA agent who discover the deadly effects of the drug in the community. Sick also stars Peter Sarsgaard and John Hoogenakker, with guest stars Phillipa Soo and Jake McDorman.
The limited series is based on the book of the same name by journalist Beth Macy, which focuses on the central Appalachians as the center of the crisis. Sick is written by Danny Strong, the creator of Empire (although this writer will always know him as Jonathan Levinson of Buffy the vampire slayer), who produces the series with Keaton, John Goldwyn (Dexter), Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale, Fargo), Macy and Karen Rosenfelt (The Twilight Saga). Barry Levinson, Oscar winner (Rain man) is the director of the miniseries.
Sick premieres on Hulu on October 13.