Prolific creator Ryan Murphy is gearing up to start production on his newest television show, Ratched.
Ratched is based on the character Nurse Ratched from Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Louise Fletcher won an Oscar for playing the character in the critically acclaimed 1975 adaptation starring Jack Nicholson.
Murphy’s take on the character is to make a prequel set before the events of the novel and movie.
Sarah Paulson, a longtime collaborator of Murphy’s, is playing the role of the cruel nurse at a mental institution. In the novel and movie, Ratched is the head administrative nurse. Rather than treating her patients with kindness, however, she rules with an iron fist, manipulation, and a lack of medical care.
On Monday (14 January), Murphy took to Instagram to announce the rest of the series’ cast.
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According to Murphy’s post, the show will begin shooting in a couple of weeks. Prior to that, he revealed Paulson’s fellow cast members, though he gave no details about characters.
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"RATCHED" on Netflix starts shooting in a couple weeks. On behalf of myself and Ms. Sarah Catharine Paulson who plays the title role and is also a big fancy producer on it, we are thrilled to announce our amazing cast…a true murderers’ row of talent. So many of these actors are supremely talented folks who Sarah and I have both longed to work with. The Ratched Principal Players, in alphabetical order: JON JON BRIONES, CHARLIE CARVER, JUDY DAVIS, HARRIET HARRIS, CYNTHIA NIXON, HUNTER PARRISH, AMANDA PLUMMER, COREY STOLL, SHARON STONE AND FINN WITTROCK. More to come, but come on…Sarah, Cynthia, Judy, Amanda and Sharon, all doing scenes together? I cannot WAIT.
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Several of the names will be familiar to Murphy afficianados, including Jon Jon Briones who previously appeared in The Assassination of Gianna Versace and the most recent season of American Horror Story. Finn Wittrock has also appeared in multiple seasons of American Horror Story, as well as Versace.
The cast furthermore includes other LGBTI actors beyond Paulson.
Cynthia Nixon will appear in the show, following her loss to become New York Governor. Young gay actor Charlie Carver is also going to be in the series.
The show will premiere on the streaming giant Netflix. It’s Murphy’s second show with the company following his recent $300 million production deal with them.
He announced his first Netflix series, a musical titled The Politician starring Ben Platt and Barbra Streisand, last February.
Murphy has recently been enjoying major success, from the premiere of his history-making series Pose last summer, to Versace winning numerous awards this season.