It looks like fans won’t have to wait five years between Sarah Polley directorial projects this time around. Even though it took that long between Away From Her and Take This Waltz, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that she’ll be writing and directing a project called Alias Grace based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name.
The book, which is inspired by real life, explores the psychological state of Grace Marks – a young maid who was put in jail for murdering her employer and suspected of killing his mistress in 1843. The story is bubbling with drama and controversy as Marks was both considered by some to be an unwilling participant and was ultimately pardoned after being in an asylum for three decades.
All of this took place in Canada, but in spite of popular belief, it was not the only murder to take place there in the last two hundred years.
This is great news because Polley has a keen talent for both story and character, but a lot will hinge on what teenage actor she gets to play the part of Marks. It will undoubtedly be a demanding role, but it’s an exciting challenge to see Polley take on. However, it also means we probably won’t get to see Polley make sweet, sweet love to a creature she made in a lab with Adrien Brody for a while.