Netflix Adds Eric to May Slate

A Benedict Cumberbatch thriller with the tag line, “The real monsters aren’t under the bed,” will stream on Netflix from May 30.

Eric is a six-part series from Abi Morgan (The Split, The Iron Lady) set in ’80s New York.

It follows a father’s desperate search for his nine-year-old son after he disappears on the way to school. Reads the blurb:

Vincent, one of New York’s leading puppeteers and creator of the hugely popular children’s television show, Good Day Sunshine, struggles to cope with the loss of his son, Edgar, becoming increasingly distressed and volatile. Full of self-loathing and guilt around Edgar’s disappearance, he clings to his son’s drawings of a blue monster puppet, ERIC, convinced that if he can get ERIC on TV then Edgar will come home. As Vincent’s progressively destructive behaviour alienates his family, his work colleagues, and the detectives trying to help him, it’s Eric, a delusion of necessity, who becomes his only ally in the pursuit to bring his son home.

Cumberbatch also is an executive producer; Gaby Hoffmann, McKinley Belcher III, Dan Fogler and Clarke Peters co-star.

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