It was announced earlier this year that writer, director and actress Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell,” “Take This Waltz”) would be adapting and producing the beloved Margaret Atwood novel “Alias Grace” as a six part mini-series for Netflix, starring Sarah Gadon, Anna Paquin, Paul Gross, and now, David Cronenberg.
“Alias Grace” is based on the real-life 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in Canada, and the controversial convictions of two household servants, Grace Marks and James McDermott. It is told from the point of view of a fictional narrator, Dr. Simon Jordan, who is researching the case. While McDermott was faced with the death sentence, Grace Marks was sentenced to life in prison, despite her undetermined involvement in the crime. She was absolved of the crime 30 years later.
Cronenberg will be joining his frequent collaborator Gadon, who has starred in his films “A Dangerous Method” and “Cosmopolis.”
Cronenberg’s latest directorial effort was 2014’s “Map To The Stars.” “Alias Grace” will be his first time in front of the camera since a cameo in the 2010 Canadian comedy “Barney’s Version.”
Mary Harron (“American Psycho”) will be directing the project, which will shoot in Toronto.