It wasn’t that long ago that America’s opioid crisis and conniving profiteers such as the Sackler family (owners of Purdue Pharma) and McKinsey & Company, both of whom stand accused of creating it, were at the center of public outrage. A constellation of crises that dominated 2020 pushed it to the side. But now, thanks in part to Nicholas Jarecki, it receives prominent placement on big and small screens alike. Crisis, his new thriller, follows three stories that are all loosely—and then tightly—connected. There’s the university prof (Gary Oldman) who uncovers the truth about a new and allegedly non-addictive painkiller. There’s the architect (Evangeline Lilly) struggling to discover the truth about her son’s disappearance. And then there’s the federal agent posing as a drug trafficker who grapples with bringing down the system (Armie Hammer, before he decided to toy with bringing down his career).
“It’s such a complicated topic,” Jarecki tells me. “I wondered: Could we look at it from all angles?”