WATCH: Trailer for Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’ is a Psychological Whodunit

The Margaret Atwood TV takeover continues. Yet another Atwood story is being made into a TV mini-series over at Netflix. The new trailer for “Alias Grace,” which dropped Friday, showcases a psychological thriller where one’s own mind can’t be trusted.

“Alias Grace” follows Grace Marks, a young maid convicted of the murder of her former employer. Marks has been in prison for over 15 years for the crime, having being convicted as a teen. However, as the trailer reveals, Grace may not be the killer, as she appears to suffer complete amnesia of the murder. Dr. Simon Jordan sets out on a quest to find out if Marks is truly innocent, a victim of her own mind, or if she’s faking her condition to claim innocence for her crimes. But does Dr. Jordan have his own agenda for helping the young, beautiful convict?

The TV series is an adaptation of Atwood’s own novel of the same name, which is based on the real-life story of Marks, who claimed she couldn’t remember killing her employer, Thomas Kinnear, in 1843. “Alias Grace” stars Sarah Gadon (“Dracula”) as Marks, with Edward Holcroft (“The Sense of an Ending”) starring opposite as Dr. Jordan, with Paul Gross (“Passchendaele”) and Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) playing Marks’ doomed, evil employers. The supporting cast features Zachary Levi (“Heroes Reborn”), Kerr Logan (“Game of Thrones”), Stephen Joffe (“The Anniversary”) and Rebecca Liddiard (“Houdini and Doyle”). Atwood cowrote the series’ script alongside Sarah Polley (“Mr. Nobody”), with Mary Harron (“American Psycho”) directing.

“Alias Grace” is the second TV series adapted from Atwood’s critically acclaimed writings. Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” adapted from Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, has been nominated for 13 Emmys for this month’s awards ceremony, according to IndieWire. Holley, the mini-series’ director, has been trying to adapt “Alias Grace” for almost 20 years, according to The Globe and Mail. The director fell in love with the story at just 17-years-old, and has cultivated a lengthy, warm friendship between herself and Atwood.

“Alias Grace” comes to Netflix Nov. 3, and will make its world premiere at TIFF Sept. 14. Watch the trailer below.

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