Hulu is set to create their own adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s feminist dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The drama was picked up straight to series, and will feature 10 episodes. So far, it has an excellent cast, featuring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss in the lead role of Offred.
For those who have not read the novel, the story takes place in a dystopia known as Gilead, which was formerly part of the U.S. As a result of environmental disasters that have made the human race almost completely infertile, Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist mono-theocracy that treats women as property of the state. Offred, a fertile woman, is part of the handmaid caste, serving in the commander’s household, forced into sexual slavery in order to control their reproduction. The story follows Offred as she navigates between the castes of Gilead, in the search to find her stolen daughter.
Also in the main cast will be Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley. Wiley will play Moira, Offred’s best friend from college, another handmaid-in-training. Her character serves as a connection to Offred’s life before her service in the commander’s household. This will be Wiley’s first regular role series since her role as Poussey Washington on Orange is the New Black.
The series will be written by Bruce Miller while executive producers include Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Ilene Chaiken. Reed Morano is set to direct the first three episodes, and production should start in Toronto this fall. Author Margaret Atwood is to be involved as a consulting producer. The series is set to premiere in 2017.