Weinstein Accuser Rosanna Arquette Said She Couldn’t Find Work, So Ryan Murphy Cast Her in ‘Ratched’

Netflix series’ star and producer Sarah Paulson says that “we decided this could not stand”

Last Updated: February 4, 2019 @ 9:57 PM

Rosanna Arquette has been cast on Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix series, “Ratched,” starring and produced by Sarah Paulson.

Paulson made the announcement herself Monday, saying the decision to add the actress to the show came about when she and Murphy read interviews where Arquette said she was struggling to find work after being one of the first women to make sexual misconduct accusations against Harvey Weinstein.

“The story of Rosanna Arquette is a triumphant one- but it’s also disturbing,” Paulson wrote in an Instagram post Monday. “She was one of the first women to publicly speak out about Harvey Weinstein. I was stirred by several of her recent interviews where she was quoted as saying she couldn’t find work -or representation -this seems a direct consequence of her bravery. I am producing a new Netflix show, RATCHED, with Ryan Murphy- and we decided this could not stand.”

Paulson continued: “Her body of work -from Desperately Seeking Susan to Pulp Fiction and beyond, has always been deeply inspiring to both of us. So there will be a multi-episode arc for this extraordinary actress. Ratched starts shooting Wednesday and I say with great pride- welcome to our family, Rosanna. I am thrilled to be in a position, due to the empowerment of my friend and collaborator, Ryan Murphy, not to just act in a piece, but hire the talent showcased in it, as well.”

“Ratched” is set in the 1940s and centers on the professional beginnings for a young version of the villainous Nurse Ratched, who originated in the 1962 Ken Kesey novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

The prequel series stars Paulson in the titular role, along with Judy Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Sharon Stone, Corey Stoll, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Harriet Harris, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer and Finn Wittrock.

Michael Douglas, producer of the 1975 Milos Forman-directed film adaptation, and Murphy are executive producers on the prequel project, written by Evan Romansky. Netflix previously handed the series a two-season, 18-episode order.

Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, “Ratched” was one of the final series Murphy developed at the studio before moving over to Netflix with a rich overall deal last year.

See Paulson’s Instagram post below.

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The story of Rosanna Arquette is a triumphant one- but it’s also disturbing. She was one of the first women to publicly speak out about Harvey Weinstein. I was stirred by several of her recent interviews where she was quoted as saying she couldn't find work -or representation -this seems a direct consequence of her bravery. I am producing a new Netflix show, RATCHED, with Ryan Murphy- and we decided this could not stand. Her body of work -from Desperately Seeking Susan to Pulp Fiction and beyond, has always been deeply inspiring to both of us. So there will be a multi-episode arc for this extraordinary actress. Ratched starts shooting Wednesday and I say with great pride- welcome to our family, Rosanna. I am thrilled to be in a position, due to the empowerment of my friend and collaborator, Ryan Murphy, not to just act in a piece, but hire the talent showcased in it, as well.

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