You wait all these years for a Margaret Atwood TV series, and suddenly two come along at once. While everyone is still reeling from the extraordinary The Handmaid’s Tale (streaming on SBS On Demand right now), Netlfix is gearing up to bring us Alias Grace, an adaptation of Atwood’s true crime historical novel from screenwriter Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell, Away From Her) and director Mary Harron (American Psycho).
Sarah Gadon stars as Grace Marks who was, as the synopsis and history tell us, “…a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843.”
Paul Gross (Due South) is Kinnear, while Anna Paquin (True Blood) is Montgomery, and Zachary Levi (Chuck) crops up as the intriguingly named Jeremiah the Peddler.
Marks’ story is one of the most famous true crime cases in Canadian history, perhaps second only to that time someone knocked off the Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve. In Atwood’s hands her true story becomes an examination of class, gender, and justice, which sounds like an evening’s entertainment at least. All six episodes hit Netflix on November 3, 2017.