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Netflix Gives First Look At Creepy New Ryan Murphy Series Starring Sarah Paulson

Netflix Gives First Look At Creepy New Ryan Murphy Series Starring Sarah Paulson

Just when you thought you had seen all of Sarah Paulson in Ryan Murphy's incredible American Horror Story, they're back with a new series.

Ratched looks just as amazing and has all the things to leave you on the edge of your seat.

What's even better is the source material for the new series, also starring Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis, Sharon Stone and Jon Jon Briones, is just as wild as you can imagine.

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The book One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is a cult classic and was turned into a movie, starring Jack Nicholson, which is considered one of the best films ever made. Well, a character from that universe will be the star of Ratched.

The eight-episode series is a prequel to the 1975 classic and sees Paulson, unsurprisingly, play the role of the titular character, Nurse Mildred Ratched.

Netflix has been kind enough to give us a synopsis, which says: "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 smouldering within, revealing that true monsters are made, not born."

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We're already on the edge of our seats. There are two seasons currently confirmed for the show, and executive producer Ryan Murphy pitched the role to Paulson in an unusual way.

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Paulson recalled that he originally put it to her by saying: "Lady, do you want to have some like Walter White s*** happen?"

And indeed - there is a lot of scope for the dark and complicated with the character.

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As reported by Vanity Fair, Paulson said: "I identified very deeply with her loneliness. I think ultimately at the end of the day, that is sort of what drives Mildred.

"A pursuit of survival and of finding some sense of home. Even though the methods that she chooses to achieve that internal security are somewhat questionable, I would argue that she's doing them with a potentially selfish need, but a survival need nevertheless.

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"Sort of an animal need that blinds her to the inappropriateness of some her actions."

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And Paulson gave a hint into what we can expect - it doesn't look like it will be a far cry from the characters she so expertly portrayed in American Horror Story.

She said: "A lot of us are on the planet trying to figure out how to survive our childhoods, our environments, our circumstances. And to have an opportunity to do a deeper dive into this invented character that has become so pulsating with life for so many people, to figure out why she is so cold...so removed...

"By the time you get to the end of the first season, you will not wonder how and why Mildred became the way she did. You may question her actions, you may have judgment about it-but you will understand it. It will make sense to you."

Ratched will premiere on Netflix on September 18, so not too long to go until we see how deep and dark this series gets.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.