Ben Stiller’s New Series Is A Sci-Fi Take On Office Space, See The Trailer

Severance is surely stacked with great actors, and Ben Stiller is a fantastic director, so this series could be quite good.

By James Brizuela | Published

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What would you do if you could completely separate your work life from your home life? That would certainly be something to behold and is the primary theme of the new Apple+ show, Severance. The trailer has dropped, which showcases what life would be like could the nine to five workers sever their memories from work and the same from life at home, but with seemingly disastrous results. The new series stars Adam Scott and is directed by Ben Stiller. Although Stiller is known for his comedic performances and directorial pursuits of the same nature, it looks as if this new show holds the deeper connotations of a thriller. Stiller is teaming up with Dan Erickson on a show that looks to be a wild ride through the psyche and the drawback of erasing one’s memory.

See the trailer for the new project from Ben Stiller, Adam Scott, and Patricia Arquette below. While you’ll only catch him briefly, Christopher Walken also makes a surprise appearance.

Severance is set to stream on February 18th on Apple+ TV. The premiere will consist of two episodes, then a weekly release of one episode every Friday after that. The season will be nine episodes long. From the above trailer, the new series is chock full of big-name actors, who all seem to devilishly play their parts to a high degree. Ben Stiller has not directed anything since 2018’s Escape at Dannemora, which also featured Patricia Arquette. It appears she is going to play a crucial role in Severance. Arquette was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Tilly Mitchell. Arquette and Stiller also starred alongside one another in 1996’s Flirting with Disaster.

On top of Patricia Arquette and Adam Scott appearing in this new series, they are joined by John Turturro, Britt Lower, Zach Cherry, Dichen Lachman, Jen Tullock, Michael Chernus, and Academy Award winner and acting legend, Christopher Walken. Severance is surely stacked with great actors, and Ben Stiller is a fantastic director, so this series could be quite good. Stiller is set to direct six of the nine episodes, with Aoife McArdle handling the other three. Mark Friedman, Chris Black, John Cameron, and Andrew Colville are all set to be executive producers alongside series creator Dan Erickson. Ben Stiller, Nicky Weinstock, and Jackie Cohn are set to be executive producers through Red Hour Productions, as well. Both Patricia Arquette and Adam Scott are set to be producers on the series.

This new series has a lot of backing and the initial trailer paints a more eerie version of The Office mixed with elements of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The general theme seems to be that of a thriller and drama but there could be a great deal more dark comedy mixed in. Especially with Ben Stiller directing and Adam Scott starring. Apple+ has truly started making great content, including the widely regarded Ted Lasso and the See series, and with such a massive cast attached, Severance might be the next show that is slated to turn heads. See for yourself when the series airs on Apple+ on February 18th with its first two episodes.