Once you've watched their on-screen portrayal of 1940s horror, see what the cast of the Netflix series looks like in modern times.
The character of Nurse Ratched was first introduced by Ken Kesey's 1962 book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and was cemented in the pop-culture firmament by Louise Fletcher's Oscar-winning turn as the steely, sadistic psychiatric hospital tyrant in Milos Forman's 1975 film. Since then, the name Ratched has become shorthand for a kind of villainous gorgon—and the character's been reprised in Broadway shows and on network TV. On September 18, Ratched—the stylish, eerie, Ryan Murphy–produced origin story for the character—will premiere on Netflix, starring Sarah Paulson, Sharon Stone, Sophie Okonedo, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, and others. Here, get to know the characters and the real-life actors who portray them.