The dark and twisted origin story of the villainous Nurse Ratched, from the classic 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is going to be told in Ryan Murphey’s upcoming Netflix series Ratched.
Nurse Ratched is one of the greatest and most despised villains in movie history. If you have never seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, this is a movie that has to go to the top of your list. It’s one of my favorite films of all time. Jack Nicolson stars in the film and Nurse Ratched was played by Louise Fletcher, who won the Best Actress Oscar for the role.
Sarah Paulson was perfectly cast as the younger version of Ratched and it sure looks like she’s going to give a hell of a performance! This series also looks like a beautifully shot and stylized series and I’m extremely curious to see how this origin story is going to play out.
The story follows the young nurse in 1946 who is seeking employment “at a Northern California psychiatric hospital where disturbing experiments on the human mind are conducted.” It will follow Ratched’s “journey and evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster. The series will track her murderous progression through the mental health care system.”
The series also stars Sharon Stone as a fabulous eccentric heiress named Lenore Osgood. Other characters include Dr. Hanover (Jon Jon Briones), a physician who is conducting these controversial experiments; Nurse Bucket (Judy Davis), who is a the strict nurse; Edmund Tolleson (Finn Wittrock), a mass murderer; hospital staff members Dolly (Alice Englert) and Huck (Charlie Carver); Charles Wainwright (Corey Stoll) a private investigator; Louise (Amanda Plummer), a motel manager; Governor George Wilburn (Vincent D’Onofrio), a sleazy politician; and his campaign manager, Gwendolyn Briggs (Cynthia Nixon).
The show is set to premiere on Netflix on September 18th. Check out the new trailer below!