From Hulu to Netflix, one actress has been named part of a topline drama.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Sarah Gadon has signed on to Netflix's Margaret Atwood drama Alias Grace.
Gadon has been in most recently, co-starred in opposite James Franco in Hulu's Stephen King limited series 11.22.63, and will place Grace Marks in the streaming giant and Canadian broadcaster CBC's adaptation of the award-winning novel by Atwood.
Alias Grace, published in 1966, 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 his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery in 1843..
McDermott was hanged, while Marks was sentenced to life in prison. She has become one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840's Canada for her supposed role in the sensational double murder and was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction had sparked and was controversial, debating over whether she actually was involved in the killings or merely an unwitting accessory.
The series will be a six-hour miniseries will be inspired by Marks' true story and will be written and produced by Sarah Polley (Looking for Alaska). Mary Harron (American Psycho) will direct. Production for the series will begin in August in Ontario. Along with Polley and Harron, Noreen Halpern )NBC's Working the Engles) will be executive producers; D.J. Carson (Spotlight) is on board as co-executive producer. There has been no date for a premiere.
For Gadon, the role will mark her first starring TV role. Besides the 11.22.63, she's credit for the feature Indignation.