The trailer for Sarah Polley's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace is as spine-tingling as you'd hoped
"I'd rather be a murderess than a murderer, if those are the only two choices." That's what Grace Marks, played by Canadian actress Sarah Gadon (11.22.63, Indignation), tells us seconds into the newly released sneak peak for Alias Grace, which premieres September 25 on CBC. And if that line isn't enough to get you officially creeped out, the rest of the spine-chilling trailer is sure to do the trick.
Written and produced by homegrown favourite Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell, Take This Waltz) and based on the award-winning novel by national treasure Margaret Atwood, the six-part series tells the story of "a young, poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who — along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan) — finds herself accused and convicted of the infamous 1843 murders of her employer, wealthy farmer Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross), and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin)."
Inspired by the true story of an Irish-Canadian maid who was convicted — and eventually exonerated, after spending 30 years of her life behind bars — of those two murders in the 1840s, the series promises to serve up tons of true crime intrigue with a side of Canadian period drama. The trailer itself is bursting with all moody lighting, bonnet-wearing aristocrats, and eerie whispers you could ask for — with just a hint of gore to boot.
Alias Grace will be the second Atwood adaptation to hit the small screen this year, after Hulu's haunting The Handmaid's Tale, which premiered in late April. And if you're already obsessed with the stirring voiceover sequences, heartbreaking flashbacks and timely social commentary of that dystopian masterpiece, Grace will be required viewing.
Like Atwood's novel, the show will explore issues related to mental health and class, while painting a compelling portrait of a complex female character who's morally opaque in more ways than one. With Polley penning the script, Mary Harron (American Psycho) directing and Sarah Gadon bringing the multi-faceted Grace to life, the show is exactly the kind of feminist storytelling we've been waiting for — and we couldn't be more excited.