With The Handmaid's Tale being a huge success story for Hulu (with a second season expected sometime in 2018), famed author Margaret Atwood continues her slow dominance over all streaming services with Netflix's six-part miniseries adaptation of her novel Alias Grace.
Directed by Mary Herron (American Psycho) and written/produced by Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead), the historical/psychological thriller stars Sarah Gadon, Zachary Levi, and Anna Paquin.
Check out the trailer for yourself and decide: is Grace truly a victim…or actually the cold-blooded killer that society has labeled her?
Here's the official synopsis:
"The story of Alias Grace follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin), in 1843. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment. Grace became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada for her supposed role in the sensational double murder, and was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction was controversial, and sparked much debate about whether Grace was actually involved in the murder, or merely an unwitting accessory. Alias Grace is written and produced by Sarah Polley (Looking for Alaska, Take this Waltz, Away from Her) and directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol). The series is a co-production with Halfire Entertainment, CBC and Netflix. The executive producers are Polley, Harron, and Noreen Halpern."
First published in 1996 by McClelland & Stewart, Alias Grace would go on to win the Canadian Giller Prize and was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize. A stage version of the novel, written by Jennifer Blackmer, was performed in 2016 at Ball State University.
Alias Grace debuts on Netflix Friday, November 3rd and will also be broadcast in Canada on CBC.