Netflix has dropped a big trailer for Ratched, an upcoming series that finds Sarah Paulson playing Mildred Ratched, that tyrannical nurse played by Louise Fletcher in the 1975 classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Co-created by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee, The Politician), the series tells of this nurse’s origin story, heading back to 1947 (around 15 years before Jack Nicholson’s R.P. McMurphy was admitted) as she begins a job at a leading psychiatric hospital – one that’s begun to trial dangerous and unsettling experiments on patients. She seems to be the perfect nurse, although that darkness within her won’t stay buried for long.
Murphy could have himself yet another hit with this one. The trailer is great, showing off a dryly witty, ultra dark tale, with Paulson firing on all cylinders as the lead. Paulson and Michael Douglas are among the executive producers of the show, with a big cast that includes Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis, Sharon Stone, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock, and Vincent D’Onofrio, among others.
Ratched got a two-season order back in 2017, so you can look forward to another appointment with the nurse if all goes well. Looking forward to the first season, which will hold 8 episodes and will be streaming on Netflix from September 18.
Official synopsis for Ratched:
From Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, RATCHED is a suspenseful drama series that tells the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched. 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.