Back in January we shared a first look at the new Hulu series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, and now they’ve released the official trailer.
Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is “the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values’. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) 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 the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate 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.”
The10-episode 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). Available April 26 on Hulu.