The upcoming Netflix series from Ryan Murphy and Evan Romansky imagines the formative life of the young Mildred Ratched, the sadistic nurse from the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the role for which Louise Fletcher won the Academy Award.
For the eight-episode series, Sarah Paulson, the longtime alumna of Murphy’s projects including American Horror Story and American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, steps into Nurse Ratched’s sensible shoes to explore the origins that made her the terror she became.
The post-World War II series is lush with shots of California’s Central Coast and hearkens to Hitchcock films and film noir as Ratched’s motives are revealed, while also providing plenty of queer content and camp as is Murphy’s hallmark.
The series, which drops on Netflix in September, boasts a star-studded cast including Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis, Jon Jon Briones, Finn Wittrock, Vincent D’Onofrio, Charlie Carver, Sharon Stone, Hunter Parrish, Corey Stoll, and Amanda Plummer.
Enjoy a first look at Ratched below.