Can Benedict Cumberbatch find his son using his giant Muppet?  (trailer)

Can Benedict Cumberbatch find his son using his giant Muppet? (trailer)

In Eric, soon on Netflix, a desperate father takes inspiration from his boy's drawings to create the stuffed animal of his dreams, hoping to be able to find him again.

New York, 1980s. A desperate man searches for his nine-year-old son alongside a stubborn cop, while confronting his own demons.

If the pitch ofEric is quite vague, its first trailer details all the issues of this mini-series expected on Netflix on May 30. Benedict Cumberbatch (who has just received acclaim on this same streaming service for Wes Anderson's adaptations of Roald Dahl short stories) and Gaby Hoffman (Transparent) play a couple whose 9-year-old son (Ivan Howe) disappears one morning on the way to school. They immediately call the police, but when the search drags on, the father, desperate, decides to make a giant stuffed toy to try to get it on the air. He hopes that his son will see it and that it will help him escape and return home. To create his design, he was inspired by his boy's drawings, and this is how he imagined Eric, a blue puppet more than two meters high, who he would love to see included in his children's television show. .

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Created by Abi Morgan (The Hour, The Split), directed by Lucy Forbes (The End of the f*** World) and produced by Holly Pullinger (Closer, between consenting adults), this mini-series is presented as a “moving thriller” by the streaming service. If its themes can recall the crazy show Happy (2018), also broadcast on the platform with Christopher Meloni as an overwhelmed cop who suddenly sees a colorful unicorn appear in his life, the treatment will obviously be much more serious – and less trashy.

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