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Sarah Gadon to play Grace Marks in Netflix’s ‘Alias Grace’

MUMBAI: Halfire Entertainment, CBC, and Internet TV network Netflix announced that actress Sarah Gadon is set to play Grace Marks in the screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’.

The six-hour miniseries, inspired by the historical true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks, is written and produced by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Harron .

‘Alias Grace’ is scheduled to begin shooting in Ontario on 15 August.

‘Alias Grace’ will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and will stream everywhere globally on Netflix.

‘Alias Grace’ follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) as 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.

James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment. Grace was one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of her time for her supposed role in the sensational double murder, but was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction was controversial and sparked much debate about whether Grace was actually involved in the murder or merely an unwitting accessory.

‘Alias Grace’ is co-commissioned by CBC and Netflix, produced by Halfire Entertainment and created by Sarah Polley.