David Cronenberg to Go in Front of the Camera for Netflix’s Alias Grace Adaptation

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The Netflix mini-series adaptation of Alias Grace just got a handful of new cast members, and one of them is David Cronenberg. He will join a roster that already includes Zachary Levi, Sarah Gadon, who has appeared in multiple films by the director, and Anna Paquin, in addition to the others announced today: Edward Holcroft, Kerr Logan, Rebecca Liddiard, and Paul Gross. Grace is based on the book by Margaret Atwood and follows Grace Marks (Gadon), a poor Irish immigrant living in Canada who is convicted of murdering the people who employ her as a domestic servant. The man of the house, Thomas (Gross), takes a shine to Marks, which offends his housekeeper and lover, Nancy (Paquin). After Nancy fires Grace in a rage, the couple turns up dead, with Grace and stable hand James left as the key suspects. The series is being directed by Mary Harron, of American Psycho fame, and has a script by Sarah Polley. This one isn’t going to lack for intensity.