Television

Hulu offers a first look at ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood

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Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” finally dropped a first-look trailer for fans, almost a year after the show received a straight-to-series order. The series will be an ongoing drama from MGM Television, and is based on the award-winning, best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood.

The series was be created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller (THE 100) with Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Warren Littlefield (FARGO) serving as executive producers. Atwood served as a Consulting Producer for the series, which will debut later this year.

Golden Globe Winner Elisabeth Moss (TOP OF THE LAKE, TRUTH, MAD MEN) is Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. Enslaved by a society that values only her fertility, Offred must find a way to survive in this world of oppression and swift, cruel punishments.

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.

“Hulu has established itself as a home for blockbuster television events and what better way to expand our originals offering than with a series based on this acclaimed, best-selling novel,” said Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu. “Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was seen as ahead of its time and we look forward to bringing it to life on our platform.”

“I am thrilled that MGM and Hulu are developing The Handmaid’s Tale as a series, and extra thrilled that the very talented Elisabeth Moss will be playing the central character. 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. I have read the first two scripts and they are excellent; I can hardly wait to see the finished episodes,” said Atwood at the time of the announcement. Fans of the book can watch the official trailer below, from the Hulu Youtube channel.

The Handmaid’s Tale premieres April 26th, only on Hulu.