Netflix has announced a 6-hour miniseries based on Alias Grace. Published in 1996, the work of historical fiction centers on the real deaths of Thomas Kinnear and his pregnant mistress/housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 1843. They were allegedly murdered by two of Kinnear’s servants, Grace Marks and James McDermott. Both were convicted, although the guilt of Marks has been questioned; she was exonerated after 30 years in prison. The novel focuses on a fictional doctor named Simon Jordan who investigates the case at the behest of a group seeking pardon for Grace, and finds himself becoming obsessed with the young woman.
The miniseries, written and produced by Canadian Sarah Polley, will premiere on CBC on Sept. 25, 2017. Anna Paquin will take on the role of Montgomery, while Sarah Gadon will play Marks, the poor Irish immigrant working as a servant. Ker Logan will play McDermott and Paul Gross will play Kinnear. Edward Holcroft will play Jordan. The director is Mary Harron.
See the trailer at http://www.cbc.ca/aliasgrace/blog/alias-grace-sneak-peek.