Anna Paquin to star in adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace for Netflix

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anna-paquinThere has been a bit of news this week featuring brilliant, big-name actresses and here’s another item that I just read about. Anna Paquin, of course, is an Oscar winner and much-loved star of True Blood, and now she’s set to star in a mini-series that will be broadcast on CBC in its native Canada and Netflix around the world, and is based on the ninth book by Margaret Atwood.

Anything that adapts Margaret Atwood is AOK with us, and having someone like Paquin onboard is a coup.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, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery (Paquin) in 1843. Nancy is Kinnear’s housekeeper and lover, and while she initially befriends Grace, she begins to resent her and becomes increasingly jealous of Kinnear’s affection for her. Nancy eventually fires Grace in a fit of rage and is later found brutally murdered.

Deadline describes the project thusly:

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, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery (Paquin) in 1843. Nancy is Kinnear’s housekeeper and lover, and while she initially befriends Grace, she begins to resent her and becomes increasingly jealous of Kinnear’s affection for her. Nancy eventually fires Grace in a fit of rage and is later found brutally murdered.

It’s an interesting premise, and one that feels strangely topical to me: I’ve just finished reading Beth Lewis’s debut novel, The Wolf Road, which is set in a post-apocalyptic north American wilderness.

More news as we get it…

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