Ratched is an upcoming American psychological horror drama web television series, based on the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, that is set to premiere on Netflix on September 18, 2020. The series was created by Evan Romansky and is set to star Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched.

Premise

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.

— Netflix

Cast and characters

Main

  • Sarah Paulson as Nurse Mildred Ratched
  • Jon Jon Briones as Dr. Richard Hanover
  • Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs
  • Judy Davis as Nurse Betsy Bucket
  • Sharon Stone as Lenore Osgood
  • Finn Wittrock as Edmund Tolleson
  • Charlie Carver as Huck Finnigan
  • Alice Englert as Dolly
  • Amanda Plummer as Louise
  • Corey Stoll as Charles Wainwright
  • Sophie Okonedo as Charlotte Wells
  • Vincent D’Onofrio as Governor George Milburn

Recurring

  • Harriet Sansom Harris
  • Hunter Parrish
  • Rosanna Arquette
  • Stan Van Winkle as Dale Harman
  • Annie Starke
  • Liz Femi as Leona
  • Brandon Flynn as Henry Osgood

Episodes

Some episodes of the first season include:

  • “Angel of Mercy” written by Ian Brennan
  • “Angel of Mercy, Part II” written by Evan Romansky
  • “Got No Strings” written by Jennifer Salt & Ian Brennan
  • “Ice Pick” written by Ian Brennan
  • “Mildred and Edmund” written by Ian Brennan, Evan Romansky & Jennifer Salt
  • “The Bucket List” written by Ian Brennan
  • “The Dance” written by Ian Brennan

Production

Development

On September 6, 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for two seasons consisting of nine episodes apiece. Netflix reportedly won a bidding war over Hulu and Apple who also were interested in developing the project. The series was created by Evan Romansky who also wrote the pilot. His script was eventually received by television producer Ryan Murphy, who then spent a year securing the rights to the Nurse Ratched character and the participation of the Saul Zaentz estate and Michael Douglas, who owned the screen rights to One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

Murphy is expected to direct the pilot and executive produce alongside Douglas, Aleen Keshishian, Margaret Riley and Jacob Epstein. Production companies involved in the series are set to include Fox 21 Television Studios, The Saul Zaentz Company, and Ryan Murphy Productions. Mac Quayle, who has frequently collaborated with Murphy, will compose the series’ score.

Casting

Alongside the initial series order announcement, it was confirmed that Sarah Paulson had been cast in the lead role of Nurse Ratched. On December 11, 2018, it was reported that Finn Wittrock and Jon Jon Briones had joined the cast of the series. On January 14, 2019, it was announced that Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Harriet Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, Corey Stoll, and Sharon Stone had been cast in the series.

In February 2019, it was reported that Rosanna Arquette, Vincent D’Onofrio, Don Cheadle, Alice Englert, Annie Starke, and Stan Van Winkle had been cast in recurring roles. On July 29, 2020, it was reported that Sophie Okonedo, Liz Femi, and Brandon Flynn were cast in recurring roles.

Filming

Filming for the first season took place in early 2019.

Release

The series is set to premiere on September 18, 2020. The series’ official trailer was released on August 4, 2020.

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