True Blood alumna Anna Paquin is set to star opposite Sarah Gadon and Zachary Levi in Alias Grace, a six-hour miniseries from Sarah Polley (Away from Her) and Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment to be broadcast on Netflix and the CBC. The mini is inspired by the historical true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks and based on Margaret Atwood’s novel.
Written and produced by Polley and directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho), 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. Filming is under way in Ontario. The miniseries will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and globally everywhere else on Netflix.
“Anna is an incredibly versatile performer who always makes complex, unpredictable and fascinating choices in her work,” said Polley. “It’s always a marvel to watch her.”
Alias Grace is produced by Halfire Entertainment. Polley, Harron, and Halpern executive produce. D.J. Carson produces.
Canadian-born Paquin recently co-starred in A+E Networks’ Roots remake.