‘Eric’ Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Befriends His Missing Son’s Imaginary Monster in Netflix Mini-Series


Netflix has released the trailer for upcoming six-episode limited series Eric, an intriguing thriller-drama led by Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch. Watch it above and get the info below.

The plot follows Vincent (Cumberbatch), a successful puppeteer and the creator of a popular children’s television show. His life takes a dark turn when his 9-year-old son goes missing on the way to school. He becomes increasingly distressed and volatile as the guilt grows over his son’s disappearance. Some strange sort of life line, coping mechanism, and perhaps ally of sorts comes with Eric, the blue monster that his son would draw.

“When I pitched the idea of a New York puppeteer on a quest to find his missing son, with a 7-foot-tall blue monster in tow, it’s to Netflix’s eternal credit that they jumped on board,” creator Abi Morgan (The Hour, The Iron Lady, The Split) told Netflix site Tudum.

Eric is a deep dive into the ’80s Big Apple, grappling with rising crime rates, internal corruption, endemic racism, a forgotten underclass, and the AIDS epidemic, exposing the divisions rife between parents searching for their child, a detective battling with a system that is broken, and a lost boy who may never come home, and asks where the real monsters lie. With puppets … lots of puppets.”

The series is directed by Lucy Forbes (This Is Going To Hurt, The End of the F***ing World), who is also on an executive producer team that includes Morgan, Cumberbatch, Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, This Is Going to Hurt), and Lucy Dyke (The Split, Black Mirror).

Eric, with a cast that also includes Gaby Hoffmann, McKinley Belcher III, and Ivan Howe, premieres on Netflix on May 30th.