First look at American Horror Story creator’s new series Ratched sees Sarah Paulson play evil asylum nurse
NETFLIX has revealed the first look at American Horror Story creator’s new series Ratched – with Sarah Paulson playing an evil asylum nurse.
Ryan Murphy has created a suspenseful drama series that tells the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched.
Set in 1947, Mildred arrives in Northern California to seek employment at a leading psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind.
On a clandestine mission, Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of what a dedicated nurse should be.
But the wheels are always turning and as she begins to infiltrate the mental health care system and those within it, Mildred’s stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smoldering within, revealing that true monsters are made, not born.
The series was inspired by the iconic and unforgettable character of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and was created by Evan Romansky.
Alongside Sarah – who has collaborated with Ryan on a number of occasions in American Horror Story – former Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon plays Gwendolyn Briggs.
The cast also includes Judy Davis as Nurse Betsy Bucket, Sharon Stone as Lenore Osgood, Jon Jon Briones as Dr. Richard Hanover, Finn Wittrock as Edmund Tolleson and Charlie Carver as Huck.
Sarah also acts as an executive producer alongside Ryan, Ian Brennan and a number of others on the eight-episode series.
Speaking about his latest drama, Ryan told Vanity Fair: "I feel like Nurse Ratched is sort of a shorthand for barbarism.
"She became almost like a catchphrase for any sort of institutional abuse of power.
"What was interesting was trying to create an emotional character from a reputation that’s very cold…trying to figure out every little detail about her childhood, her relationships, her sexuality.
"Because when people think of Ratched, they think of her as shutoff and cruel and uncaring.”
Ratched premieres on Netflix on Friday, September 18.
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