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Anna Paquin Joins Upcoming Netflix Miniseries 'Alias Grace'

Anna Paquin, whose credits include "True Blood" and the "X-Men" franchise, will star opposite Sarah Gadon in the miniseries "Alias Grace."
"Roots" Night One Screening
Anna Paquin attends "Roots" Night One Screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016 in New York City.Robin Marchant / Getty Images

Anna Paquin is the latest addition to the upcoming Netflix miniseries "Alias Grace." She joins previously cast actors Sarah Gadon and Zachary Levi.

The series was inspired by the true story of Grace Marks, a young Irish immigrant who, along with a stable hand, was convicted of murdering her employer and his housekeeper in 1843.

Paquin has been cast as housekeeper Nancy Montgomery, while Gadon plays Grace Marks.

The six-hour miniseries, which was written and produced by Sarah Polley, is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's "Alias Grace." Mary Harron and Noreen Halpern will also executive produce alongside Polley.

"Anna is an incredibly versatile performer who always makes complex, unpredictable and fascinating choices in her work. It's always a marvel to watch her and we’re thrilled to have her join the cast,” Polley said in a statement.

The miniseries will be a co-production between Netflix and CBC. While CBC will broadcast the series in Canada, Netflix has the global rights to release it outside Canada.

Canadian-born Paquin is known for her roles on "True Blood" and for playing superhero Rogue in the "X-Men" franchise. She recently she played Nancy Holt in the remake of "Roots."

"Alias Grace" is set to begin shooting this month.

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