Anna Paquin is back, and not only with a new hair color, but a brand new series! This time around it will be called Alias Grace and be based off of a Margaret Atwood novel. Atwood has become quite popular when it comes to adaptations, and every single one has been good so far. The great thing about this series is that it will be simultaneously broadcast on both the CBC network and Netflix. So while it is Canadian local with CBC, it will be broadcast all over the world with Netflix. With the giant streaming service expanding its profile in the past few years, that becomes quite the large territory it covers.
The entire series will be six hours and currently will be broadcast as a miniseries. It will closely follow the real life 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housemaid Nancy Montgomery. The missing point here is that the two were also lovers, with Kinnear’s massive wealth and influence there’s no telling who could have been responsible. Supposedly the suspects were narrowed down to two of his servants, Grace Marks and James McDermott. The entire story is very tragic, and even though McDermott was hanged and Marks sent to life in prison, there is still no telling if they were ultimately responsible.
Nancy Montgomery will be played by Anna Paquin, so there will be a lot of room for a great performance in such a controversial role. Joining the cast will be Sarah Gadon as Marks, who should put together an equally great performance. The rest of the cast is still being rounded out, but they already have their star set with Paquin, and one that is sure to bring attention to the series.
Who would you like to see in each of the individual unassigned roles? What is your favorite Margaret Atwood adaptation?