Get ready for an electrifying on-screen partnership as Emily Blunt and Chris Evans team up for Netflix‘s upcoming crime drama, “Pain Hustlers.” Directed by David Yates, renowned for his work on the Harry Potter series and Fantastic Beasts, this thrilling film promises a gripping narrative set against the backdrop of a pharmaceutical conspiracy.
In these first glimpses of “Pain Hustlers,” we see Blunt and Evans in the roles of Liza Drake and Pete Brenner, sales representatives for the fictional pharmaceutical company, Zanna. Blunt portrays a high school dropout who secures a job at a pharmaceutical start-up, unwittingly stepping into a criminal web of intrigue. Evans joins her as they navigate a world where desperation and business acumen collide.
The star-studded cast also features Andy García, Catherine O’Hara, Jay Duplass, Brian d’Arcy James, and Chloe Coleman, adding depth and charisma to the story. García assumes the role of Dr. Jack Neel, the billionaire behind the pain medication Lonafan, introduced to the market by Zanna. O’Hara takes on the character of Jackie, Liza’s mother, who becomes a sales representative for the same pharmaceutical company.
Based on Evan Hughes‘ 2022 book, which has been recently retitled “Pain Hustlers: Crime and Punishment at an Opioid Startup,” the film follows Blunt’s character, a resourceful single mother, as she lands a job at Zanna Therapeutics. Her task: promoting pain medication designed for cancer patients.
“Pain Hustlers” draws inspiration from real-life conspiracies and recent films such as “The Big Short,” “American Hustle,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Director David Yates, typically known for his work in period dramas and thrillers, returns to his roots to craft a compelling narrative that promises suspense, drama, and a dash of moral ambiguity.
Notably, “Pain Hustlers” distinguishes itself in Netflix’s portfolio by delving into the world of pharmaceutical salespeople on the front lines, who are instrumental in pushing these powerful yet perilous drugs. It follows Netflix’s recent limited series “Painkiller,” which explored the opioid epidemic, focusing on the Sackler family.
Don’t miss the electrifying chemistry between Blunt and Evans as they navigate the treacherous world of pharmaceutical sales when “Pain Hustlers” premieres on Netflix on October 27. Mark your calendars for a suspenseful cinematic experience that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.