Orange Is The New Black regular Samira Wiley has joined the cast of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the upcoming straight-to-series drama toplined by Elisabeth Moss and based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. Production on the 10-episode project from MGM TV is slated to start in the fall in Toronto ahead of a 2017 premiere.
Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington on the Netflix series, will play Moira, the college best friend Offred (Moss), her fellow handmaid-in-training at the Red Center. She’s also her connection to life before Gilead, a totalitarian society once part of the U.S. now ruled by a twisted fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. Max Minghella and The Leftovers’ Ann Dowd already have joined the cast.
Bruce Miller is the creator and writer of the series and executive produces with Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Ilene Chaiken serving as executive producers. Atwood is a consulting producer. Reed Morano is set to direct the first three episodes.
Wiley is next up in Lionsgate’s cyber thriller Nerve, which had a sneak screening at Comic-Con last week ahead of its Wednesday release.