Netflix & CBC have found the lead for their co-production Alias Grace.
Sarah Gadon (11.22.63, Murdoch Mysteries) has been tapped to play the part of real-life serial killer Grace Marks in the six episode miniseries, which is based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, TVWise has learned.
Alias Grace follows Grace Marks (Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant 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. 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.
Both the screen adaptation and the Margaret Atwood novel on which the miniseries is based, introduce a fictional young doctor named Simon Jordan who researches the case and begins to fall in love with Grace. He soon becomes obsessed with her as he seeks to reconcile his perception of the mild-mannered woman he sees with the savage murder of which she has been convicted. Casting for the remaining lead roles, including James McDermott and Simon Jordan is now underway.
Alias Grace, which received an official green-light at Netflix & CBC last week, hails from Sarah Polley, who penned the scripts, and director Mary Harron. Hallfire Entertainment are producing, with Polley, Harron and Noreen Halpern serving as executive producers. Spotlight’s D.J. Carson will co-produce. Production gets underway in Ontartio on August 15th. CBC will air the mini in Canada, while Netflix will stream it worldwide.