Introducing Netflix Original Series: Alias Grace

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Netflix has released a trailer for it’s new dystopian drama Alias Grace. We’ll take a look at all you need to know, including the release date.

Margaret Atwood’s name is probably already in your brain. She’s the writer behind Hulu’s incredible hit The Handmaid’s Tale. Now she brings her magnificence to Netflix with the gory mostly-true story of Grace Marks, a poor, young girl convicted of murder in 1843.

What’s It About?

It’s the story of a young Irish immigrant and servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper and lover, Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin), in 1843. Nancy, who initially befriended Grace, fired her in a fit of jealous rage before she was found brutally murdered.

It’s a true crime drama with a fictional twist—the young doctor obsessed with the case.

The Cast

Sarah Gadon will play Grace Marks, and Kerr Logan (Game of Thrones) portrays her alleged accomplice, a stable boy named James McDermott.

Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Paul Gross (Due South) are her victims.

Edward Holcroft stars as Dr. Simon Jordan, the man who becomes obsessed with her case. Is Grace a cold-blooded killer? A pawn? An innocent witness? The more he researches the more he wonders.

The Trailer

Like The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace explores themes of how women are treated in society.

Release Date

The series will be available Friday, November 3rd with all episodes arriving simultaneously around the world.

Everything Else You Need to Know

  • It was adapted by Sarah Polley, an actress turned writer, director, and activist. She last directed the acclaimed documentary Stories We Tell.
  • It’s directed by Mary Herron of American Psycho. (This really gives me such high hopes.)

Bookmark this page. We’ll update with info as it becomes available. Are you looking forward to this series as much as I am? Let us know in the comments.

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Cheryl has written for What’s on Netflix for over three years. She’s a confessed streaming addict and also runs a Netflix based community on Facebook with over 10,000 users. Cheryl specializes in documentaries and covers weekly additions for the US in addition to breaking news stories. She is the Weekend Editor for What’s On Netflix. Cheryl resides in Virginia, USA.