added: Fri, Feb 3rd '17
She survived the male-dominated work environment of "Mad Men." Now Elisabeth Moss must survive the male-dominated world of her new dystopian series "The Handmaid's Tale."
And though she mentions having a forbidden name, Moss introduces herself as "Offred" in a new 30-second teaser for the 10-episode Hulu drama, which is based on the award-winning 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. Moss also seems to be prepared to face her new nightmarish reality with a hidden survival spirit.
Like the book, the upcoming series is set in the not-too-distant future. The United States government has been overthrown by a strict theocratic dictatorship. Women are now enslaved, forced to live a life of servitude.
Moss plays a Handmaid, who goes by the slave name "Offred." Her sole purpose is to bear children for her leader, Commander Waterford (played by American Horror Story's Joseph Fiennes) whose wife (Yvonne Strahovski; from "Dexter" and "Chuck") is unable to conceive a child of her own.
The book was developed into a Hulu series by sci-fi TV producer-writer Bruce Miller (The 100, Eureka). The cast also includes Ann Dowd, Alexis Bledel, Max Minghella, and Samira Wiley.
"The Handmaid's Tale" is currently scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, April 26th.
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, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Ann Dowd, Alexis Bledel, Max Minghella, O.T. Fagbenle, Madeline Brewer, Samira Wiley
release date April 26, 2017 (on Hulu)