We’ve been spoiled for choice recently with top-notch adaptations and Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale is going down a storm with season 2 confirmed. If you’re enjoying that and you’re a fan of Atwood then we have news of a new adaptation from the author as Alias Grace comes to Netflix!
Published in 1996, Alias Grace is a historical fiction that centres around the real life deaths of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his pregnant mistress and housekeeper. Two of Kinnear’s servants were convicted of the crime.
The whopping novel, coming in at almost 500 pages fictionalises the 1843 murder, critically acclaimed as having gothic charm, plenty of plot twists and strong themes of female villainy and the criminal justice system.
The first images are just released and you can see those below. The mini-series is set to debut in the Autumn with no firm release date yet.
The mini-series is has been written and produced by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Hannon who directed the American Psycho movie adaptation. Anna Paquin of True Blood fame will play Montgomery, with Paul Gross as Kinnear. Sarah Gadon, of recent 11.22.63 fame will play accused Marks with Ker Logan as the other accused McDermot. And as the series is based on the Atwood book rather than the actual murders, Edward Holcroft will play the fictional doctor added into Alias Grace by Atwood.
If you haven’t read Alias Grace and you’re keen to do so before the mini-series debuts then you’ll need to add it to your summer reading list to be finished before the show debuts in the Autumn.
Let’s hope this adaptation is as good as The Handmaid’s Tale adaptation currently airing on Hulu!
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