A NEW series based on the true story of Irish murderess Grace Marks is set to be screened on Netflix – and its teaser will leave you with goosebumps.
Inspired by the true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks and based on the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood, the teaser is a first look at the new six-hour miniseries Alias Grace.
The series will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and will stream everywhere else globally on Netflix on Friday, November 3.
The story of Alias Grace follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada.
Along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), she was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin), in 1843.
McDermott was hanged while Grace Marks was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In the teaser, Grace says: "I think of all the things that have been written about me; that I'm an inhuman female demon, that I'm an innocent victim of a blaggard, forced against my will, and in danger of my life, that I am cunning and devious.
"How can I be all these different things at once? Murderess is a strong word to have attached to you.
"Murder is merely brutal. I'd rather be a murderess than a murderer, if those were the only choices."
Grace Marks became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada for her supposed role in the sensational double murder, and 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 written and produced by Sarah Polley (Looking for Alaska, Take this Waltz, Away from Her) and directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol).
The series is a co-production with Halfire Entertainment, CBC and Netflix. The executive producers are Polley, Harron, and Noreen Halpern.