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Anna Paquin to Star in Netflix Miniseries ‘Alias Grace’

16 August 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

True Blood” star Anna Paquin has been tapped to star in Netflix and CBC’s six-part miniseries “Alias Grace,” the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, which is based on a true story. Paquin will appear as Nancy Montgomery opposite star Sarah Gadon, who plays the titular role of Grace Marks.

The story follows Grace Marks, 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 in 1843. Nancy is Kinnear’s housekeeper and lover, and while she initially befriends Grace, she begins to resent Grace 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.

The six-hour miniseries is written and executive produced by Sarah Polley, and directed by Mary Harron. “Alias Grace »

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Netflix Planning "Alias Grace" Series

22 June 2016 6:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Streaming giant Netflix has announced plans to team with Halfire Entertainment and Canadian broadcaster CBC for the six-hour scripted true-crime miniseries "Alias Grace" based on the 1996 non-fiction book by Margaret Atwood.

The story follows Grace Marks, a poor and 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 and housekeeper in 1843.

McDermott was hanged, while Marks was sentenced to life imprisonment. She became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada and was eventually exonerated after thirty years in jail.

The series will introduce a fictional young doctor who researches the case and falls in love with Marks. 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.

Sarah Polley ("Away From Her »

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‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

21 June 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Canadian director and actress Sarah Polley, along with Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment, will adapt Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace” into a six-hour miniseries for Netflix. Deadline reports that Polley will write and produce the series while Mary Harron will direct the project.

Read More: Watch: Sarah Polley Interviews Greta Gerwig About Noah Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha’ In 17-Minute Criterion Feature

Alias Grace” follows the true story of poor Irish immigrant Grace Marks who, along with domestic servant James McDermott, was convicted of murdering her employer Thomas Kinnear and housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 1843. While James was hanged, Grace received life imprisonment for her role in the crime. The conviction was highly controversial and Grace’s role in the murder was up for strong debate as to whether she took an active part in the crime or if she was simply an accessory. She was later exonerated after 30 years in jail. »

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‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

21 June 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Canadian director and actress Sarah Polley, along with Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment, will adapt Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace” into a six-hour miniseries for Netflix. Deadline reports that Polley will write and produce the series while Mary Harron will direct the project.

Read More: Watch: Sarah Polley Interviews Greta Gerwig About Noah Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha’ In 17-Minute Criterion Feature

Alias Grace” follows the true story of poor Irish immigrant Grace Marks who, along with domestic servant James McDermott, was convicted of murdering her employer Thomas Kinnear and housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 1843. While James was hanged, Grace received life imprisonment for her role in the crime. The conviction was highly controversial and Grace’s role in the murder was up for strong debate as to whether she took an active part in the crime or if she was simply an accessory. She was later exonerated after 30 years in jail. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Netflix Nabs Sarah Polley Miniseries Based on Margaret Atwood True-Crime Novel

21 June 2016 7:23 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix will soon be adding a historical true-crime drama to its queue.

The streaming service is teaming up with Halfire Entertainment and Canadian broadcaster CBC on the six-hour miniseries “Alias Grace,” based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name about convicted murderer Grace Marks.

The series is being written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Away From Her”), and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”). “Alias Grace” will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and will stream globally on Netflix.

Alias Grace” follows Grace Marks, a poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant living in Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted in 1843 of the murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life in prison. Marks became one of the most notorious women of 1840s Canada for her alleged role in the double murder, and was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail »

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‘Alias Grace’: Netflix & CBC Pick Up Sarah Polley Miniseries Based On Margaret Atwood Novel

21 June 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Netflix and Canadian broadcaster CBC have teamed up to greenlight Alias Grace, a six-hour miniseries from Sarah Polley (Away from Her) and Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment. The mini is inspired by the historical true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks and based on Margaret Atwood’s novel. Polley, who originally adapted the book as a feature four years ago, is writing and producing, and Mary Harron (American Psycho) directs. Production is scheduled to begin in… »

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James Tupper & Anne Heche To Topline Post-Apocalyptic Series ‘Aftermath’

5 May 2016 12:41 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Real-life couple James Tupper (Revenge, Men In Trees) and Anne Heche (Hung, Men in Trees) will star as husband and wife in Aftermath, the Canadian post-apocalyptic thriller series from Noreen Halpern's Halfire Entertainment. It’s set to premiere on Syfy in the U.S. and Bell Media's Space in Canada later this summer. Tupper and Heche will play Joshua and Karen Copeland who, along with their three teenagers, must battle for survival after civilization comes to an… »

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Post-Apocalyptic Series ‘Aftermath’ Acquired By Syfy For Summer Launch

4 March 2016 8:45 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Aftermath, a 13-episode Canadian post-apocalyptic thriller series from Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment, is set to premiere on Syfy in the U.S. and Bell Media’s Space in Canada later this summer. Casting is currently underway, with production set to begin May 2 in Vancouver. Created by William Laurin (Missing, Power Play) and Glenn Davis (John Woo's Once a Thief), Aftermath centers on couple Karen and Joshua Copeland and their children Dana, Brianna and Matt, who… »

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