Emily Blunt has limitless potential. From writing the snarky “I love my work, I love my job, I love my job…” from The Devil Wears Prada to delivering a powerful performance in the adrenaline-fueled action film Edge of Tomorrow to standing her ground in the wild west in The English, she has done it all. She has left an indelible mark on popular culture and given us a series of unforgettable turns in the spotlight.
The upcoming Netflix film Pain Hustlers, based on an actual event, is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats for the same reason.
Here’s the scoop on her new movie!
What Is Pain Hustlers About?
According to early rumors, Adam McKay’s Pain Hustlers will take place in the same cutthroat and often an amoral world of pharmaceuticals as his film The Big Short, which took on Wall Street and exposed the wrongdoings of the so-called “great” financial brains. To provide for herself and her kid, high school dropout Liza Drake takes work at a struggling pharmaceutical startup in Central Florida.
As a result of Liza’s talents and charisma, she quickly rises through the ranks of the company and helps to bring it increased visibility, influence, and stability. But things aren’t what they appear, and soon Liza is in the middle of a criminal plot that threatens not only her career but the lives of others as well.
Pain Hustlers was inspired by an interactive story of the same name published in the New York Times Magazine by Evan Hughes in 2018.
The pharmaceutical company Insys was the subject of the piece because it reaped financial benefits from the opioid crisis thanks to a program that offered doctors generous “speaking fees” in exchange for prescribing Subsys, a fentanyl-based pain medicine.
Insys recruited young, attractive women (often in their twenties or thirties) with little to no sales experience, and they targeted doctors in financial straits. While several salespeople made six-figure salaries, Insys filed for bankruptcy in 2019.
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When Will Pain Hustlers Be Available To Stream On Netflix?
In unveiling its 2023 lineup, Netflix also revealed that Pain Hustlers would premiere that year. And they even confirmed that the film, along with Damsel, will debut in theatres in October of 2023.
On October 27, 2023, Pain Hustlers will premiere on Netflix worldwide.
With the release date, the news was a “sizzle trailer” that gave us our first glimpse at the film in action.
How About The Cast Of Pain Hustlers?
As of the initial title announcement in May 2022, only Emily Blunt was known to have a role in Pain Hustlers.
Blunt will play Liza Drake, a single mother and successful business owner embroiled in a nefarious plot. Recent films that Blunt has been a part of include A Quiet Place and its sequel as well as the Disney film Jungle Cruise. She will also play a significant role in the upcoming star-studded film Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan.
Soon after, Chris Evans, best known for his role as Captain America in the MCU, joined the cast and will appear in the upcoming Netflix film The Gray Man.
The entire cast was confirmed on August 29th, 2022, via a Netflix press release.
- Andy Garcia (Father of the Bride, upcoming Book Club 2: The Next Chapter)
- Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek, upcoming Argylle)
- Jay Duplass (Industry, The Chair)
- Brian d’Arcy James (Spotlight, West Side Story)
- Chloe Coleman (My Spy, Marry Me)
Have You Seen The Pain Hustlers Trailer?
Not quite yet! On January 18, 2023, however, Netflix unveiled the first clips and the release date in a sizzle reel for their upcoming 2023 film slate. Click here to watch the commercial: