Walt Disney Italia has announced that the miniseries Dopesick – Declaration of Dependence will debut in Italy on the Disney + streaming platform starting from Friday 12 November, on the occasion of Disney + Day.
The original 8-episode series will star Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, John Hoogenakker, Kaitlyn Dever and Rosario Dawson.
The series was inspired by the book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America, written by journalist Beth Macy, and tells how, since the mid-90s, the painkiller drug Oxycontin has created a real addiction as well as the worst pharmaceutical crisis in American history.
This limited series will take us to the center of the American fight against opioid addiction, showing us everything from the perspective of those who have experienced it, from the boards of directors of Big Pharma to a mining community in Virginia, to the corridors of the DEA ( Drug Enforcement Administration), the federal police that fights drug trafficking within the American territory.
The protagonists, to win their battle, will have to fight against the powerful and greedy multinationals and their allies. One such novel “David against Goliath” is Michael Keaton, also executive producer of the series, who plays the part of a primary care physician who is one of the first to learn about the opioid drug and, in all good faith, initially prescribes it to his patients, only to discover over time that it causes a serious addiction in all those who use it.
The series was developed and written by Danny Strong, already known for the “Empire” series, and directed by the famous director Barry Levinson, known for directing famous and illustrious films such as Rain Man, with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, and Sleepers, with Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro and Hoffman himself.
Below, we offer you the poster and trailer in the original language.