We knew it was coming in 2017 and now we have a date. Hulu’s anticipated The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel, will launch its 10-episode season on Wednesday, April 26. Hulu also released first photos of the cast. You can click on the gallery above.
The drama series tells 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 fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state.
Elisabeth Moss portrays Offred, one of the few remaining fertile women and a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, who’s 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. Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd and O-T Fagbenle also star.
The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller, and executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson and Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken. Reed Morano directed and executive produced the pilot and episodes 2 and 3. MGM will serve as the international distributor for the series.