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Netflix has released the first trailer for Ratched, which focuses on the character from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Ratched is from American Horror Story creator, Ryan Murphy, who developed the show with his frequent collaborator Ian Brennan. Sarah Paulson, another Murphy Collaborator, stars in the leading role.

The series traces the origins of Nurse Mildred Ratched.

The character was created by author Ken Kesey and then brought to life by Louise Fletcher in an Oscar-winning performance in Miloš Forman’s 1975 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest film adaptation.

Here’s the trailer –

The official Netflix synopsis reads –

Ratched takes place in 1947 as Mildred arrives in Northern California. She is looking to get a job at a leading psychiatric hospital where new experiments are being done on the human mind. On a secretive mission, Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of a dedicated nurse. However, her gears are always turning and as she begins to make her way into the mental health care system and those in it, Mildred’s stylish exterior hides a growing darkness that has been brewing inside of her for a long time.”

Ryan Murphy told Vanity Fair about the series last month –

“I feel like Nurse Ratched is sort of a shorthand for barbarism,”

“She became almost like a catchphrase for any sort of institutional abuse of power. What was interesting was trying to create an emotional character from a reputation that’s very cold…trying to figure out every little detail about her childhood, her relationships, her sexuality. Because when people think of Ratched, they think of her as shutoff and cruel and uncaring.”

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

Ratched will debut September 18th on Netflix.

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