added: Sat, Jan 7th '17
Former "Mad Men" star Elisabeth Moss is back in a new series. And she is once again finding herself surviving in another male-dominated society. Though this time, the stakes are much higher.
Check out the first teaser trailer for the much-buzzed-about Hulu series based on author Margaret Atwood's award-winning, best-selling 1985 dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale."
Set in the near-future, the ten-episode drama envisions a totalitarian world where women are enslaved, forced to live either as servants or concubines under a male-driven theocratic dictatorship. Moss plays Offred, a slave who -- because of her fertility -- is being groomed as a "handmaid," a woman whose sole duty is to bear children for "The Commander" (played by Joseph Fiennes).
In addtion to Moss and Fiennes, the cast also includes Ann Dowd, Alexis Bledel, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, O.T. Fagbenle, Madeline Brewer, and Samira Wiley.
Created, executive produced, and written by Bruce Miller (The 100, Eureka), "The Handmaid's Tale" is set to debut on Wednesday, April 26 on Hulu.
Adapted from Margaret Atwood's influential and acclaimed novel, THE HANDMAID'S TALE is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids -- where anyone could be a spy for Gilead -- all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
directed by Reed Morano (pilot)
starring Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Alexis Bledel, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, O.T. Fagbenle, Madeline Brewer, Samira Wiley
release date April 26, 2017 (on Hulu)