When we first heard last spring that Hulu was creating a new series based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, we could hardly wait to get a sneak peek. The wait is finally over, as they’ve just posted a teaser trailer.
If you aren’t familiar with the award-winning book, here’s a brief synopsis:
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.
Although published more than 30 years ago, it’s a timeless story, and particularly resonates given the divisive political climate we’re currently living in. In a press release about the series Atwood says, “The Handmaid’s Tale is more relevant now than when it was written, and I am sure the series will be watched with great interest.”
The series stars Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men, West Wing) as the central character and also includes, Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black, You’re the Worst), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls, Us & Them), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) and Joseph Fiennes (Camelot).
The 10-episode series will be available April 26 on Hulu.
Update: view official series trailer here.