In April of 2017, Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, was brought to life by Hulu in a ten episode first season (see our review of the series here) and now is renewed for a second season in 2018. Now, another work of Atwood’s is being adapted as a Netflix mini-series. Her book, Alias Grace, was published in 1996 and won the Canadian Giller Prize. Netflix is set to adapt the novel in a six episode mini-series. With the popularity of The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace has been set up for instant success.
Based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer, Thomas Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder, yet the facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to help Grace recall her past.
The mini-series is to be directed by Mary Harron from a screenplay penned by Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead). Harron was able to bring elegance and detail to the underbelly of Wall Street in American Psycho and I have no doubt that she will not give us anything less than perfection. Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold) stars in the main role of Grace Marks with her murdered employers being played by Paul Gross (Passchendaele) and Anna Paquin (True Blood TV series). Edward Holcroft (Kingsman: The Secret Service) plays Dr. Simon Jordan who helps Grace recall her past.
The trailer explores Grace’s time in prison in which she has no hope of freedom but saves her hope for a better breakfast. Dr. Jordan tries to help Grace get her memory back, but she doesn’t want it. She has already been seen as guilty and there is no proving otherwise. The flashbacks show the past and the abuse by her employers. The trailer is dark and mysterious. The viewer is left thinking that maybe Grace did it and that she is a murderess, but we won’t know until the show airs.
Alias Grace is set to air on Netflix on November 3rd. Stay tuned for a season review in November. If you like The Handmaid’s Tale, then you do not want to miss Alias Grace. Let us know what you think in the comments below.