Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Explores Gender and Power

by Devon Thomas  |  01.09.2017

Hulu has unveiled a first look at eerie new drama The Handmaid’s Tale.

The series is an adaptation based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, set in the future in a simplified world called the Republic of Gilead — a totalitarian theocracy in what was once the United States.

The 10-episode drama stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) as Offred, who ends up in a class called handmaids, women whose singular role in society is to reproduce. In this dystopian future, women have been stripped of their personal rights. In an effort to spur population growth, the government sends these young and fertile women to well-off families, where they are forced to help couples procreate via sexual servitude.

The series also stars Joseph Fiennes (Camelot) and Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) as The Commander and his sterile wife, whom Offred is assigned to bear a child, making her no more than an incubator in a time where women are not allowed to speak their minds, let alone keep the name they had before the formation of Gilead. Also included are Ann Dowd, Madeline Brewer and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls).

Formerly known as June, Moss’ character must navigate this new world, keeping the tiniest shred of hope alive that someday things may change.

The Handmaid’s Tale will debut Wednesday, April 26 on Hulu.

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