added: Fri, Feb 24th '17
Get a better understanding of the story behind Hulu's new buzzed-about streaming series based on Margaret Atwood's classic 1985 dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale," about a male-dominated future where women are brainwashed and forced into a life of servitude under a totalitarian theocracy.
"Mad Men" star Elisabeth Moss leads the cast as Offred, an enslaved woman who's been assigned to serve as a handmaid for her leader, Commander Fred Waterford (played by Joseph Fiennes). The job of a handmaid is to bear the children of the Commander, which doesn't sit too well with the Commander's infertile wife ("Dexter" and "Chuck" star Yvonne Strahovski).
Developed into a series by TV writer-producer Bruce Miller (The 100, Eureka) and executive produced by Emmy-winning producer Warren Littlefield (FX's Fargo) along with author Margaret Atwood as a consulting producer, the ten-episode drama also co-stars Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, Madeline Brewer, and Alexis Bledel.
"The Handmaid's Tale" is due to launch 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)