Hulu has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s award-winning 1985 dystopian sci-fi novel The Handmaid’s Tale.
The 10-episode series, premiering on April 26, stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) in the titular role of Offred and Joseph Fiennes (Camelot) as Commander Fred Waterford, the powerful high-ranking official and founding father of Gilead (a totalitarian society formerly part of the U.S.) who’s also the head of the household where Offred is a Handmaid.
The teaser trailer below is not too revealing, but we do get a peek at the dystopian society where Offred is basically forced into slavery and how she was taken. Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Max Minghella (The Mindy Project, The Internship), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black), Ann Dowd (The Leftovers), O.T. Fagbenle (Looking), Madeline Brewer (Hemlock Grove) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) also star. Check out the official synopsis and first-look teaser below and let us know what you think.
Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values'. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) 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 the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate 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.
The Handmaid's Tale is created by Bruce Miller (The 100) who will executive-produce the series alongside Daniel Wilson (he produced the 1990 film starring the late Natasha Richardson as Offred), Fran Sears (The Sophisticated Gents) and Warren Littlefield (Fargo). Margaret Atwood will also serve as a consulting producer, with Reed Morano (Looking, Vinyl) sitting in the director's chair for the first three episodes.
(via Coming Soon)