DEADLINE – Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace) and Emily Nelson (Code Black) have been tapped to recur in the third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO crime anthology series True Detective, starring Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Scoot McNairy, Mamie Gummer and Ray Fisher.
The next installment of True Detective tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.
Gadon will play Elisa Montgomery and Nelson will portray Margaret. No additional character information has been provided. They join previously announced recurring cast, Michael Greyeyes, Jon Tenney and Rhys Wakefield.
As with the breakout original installment of True Detective, Pizzolatto is the sole writer of the third season with the exception of Episode 4, which he co-wrote with David Milch. Jeremy Saulnier is the Season 3 director alongside Pizzolatto, who will make his directorial debut.
Pizzolatto, who also serves as showrunner, executive produces with Saulnier and returning executive producers Scott Stephens; Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who toplined Season 1; Cary Joji Fukunaga, who directed Season 1; along with Scott Stephens, Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown.
Gadon starred as the title character in Netlix’s Alias Grace limited series and played Sadie Dunhill in Hulu’s Stephen King adaptation 11.22.63. On the film side, she most recently co-starred with Logan Lerman in the James Schamus’ Sundance film Indignation.
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Gadon, who most recently co-starred with Logan Lerman in the James Schamus’ Sundance film Indignation, has signed with CAA. Previously with WME, Gadon also appeared opposite James Franco in Hulu’s nine-part miniseries 11.22.63.
Her upcoming project slate includes the title role in Netflix’s Margaret Atwood-novel based miniseries Alias Grace, Sook-Yin Lee’s drama Octavio Is Dead, and Xavier Dolan’s The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan.
Other film credits include Dracula Untold, Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, period drama Belle, directed by Amma Asante, and David Cronenberg’s pics Maps To The Stars, Cosmopolis, and A Dangerous Method.
Gadon, who made her directorial debut with documentary series Reelside, will continue to be repped by longtime manager Dani De Lio at Creative Drive Artists.
Sarah Gadon to Star in Netflix’s Margaret Atwood Drama ‘Alias Grace’ (Exclusive)
The Canadian actress most recently co-starred opposite James Franco in the Hulu limited series ‘11.22.63.’
Sarah Gadon is going from Hulu to Netflix.
The Canadian actress has been tapped to topline Netflix’s Margaret Atwood drama Alias Grace, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Gadon, who most recently co-starred opposite James Franco in Hulu’s Stephen King limited series 11.22.63, will play Grace Marks in the streaming giant and Canadian broadcaster CBC’s adaptation of Atwood’s award-winning novel.
Published in 1996, Alias Grace follows Grace Marks, 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. McDermott was hanged, while Marks was sentenced to life imprisonment. She 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 over whether she actually was involved in the killings or merely an unwitting accessory.
The six-hour miniseries is inspired by Marks’ true story and will be written and produced by Sarah Polley (Looking for Alaska, Away From Her). Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol) will direct. Production is slated to begin in August in Ontario. Polley, Harron and Noreen Halpern (NBC’s Working the Engels) will executive produce; D.J. Carson (Spotlight) is on board as a co-executive producer. A premiere date has not been determined.
The Netflix adaptation, like Atwood’s novel, will introduce a fictional young doctor named Simon Jordan who researches the case and falls in love with Marks. He soon becomes obsessed with her as he seeks to reconcile his perception of the mild-mannered woman he sees with the savage murders of which she has been convicted.
For Gadon, the role marks her first stateside starring TV vehicle. In addition to 11.22.63, her credits include the feature Indignation. She is repped by WME, Creative Drive Artists and Jackoway Tyerman.