Margaret Atwood’s award-winning dystopian sci-fi novel The Handmaid’s Tale is heading to Hulu as a new TV series starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, Top of the Lake) in the titular role.
The book was previously adapted for the big screen back in 1990 and starred the late Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Elizabeth McGovern and Aidan Quinn. It has also spawned a graphic novel, an opera and a ballet. Set in the near future in which a totalitarian Christian theocracy military dictatorship, the Republic of Gilead, has overthrown the U.S. government, the story is an exploration of themes of the subjugation of women and the means by which they finally regain their agency.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming service has greenlit a straight-to-series order for The Handmaid’s Tale. The 10-episode project is slated to debut in 2017 and will be based on Atwood’s novel. Bruce Miller (The 100) will also executive-produce the series alongside Daniel Wilson (who also produced the movie version), Fran Sears (The Sophisticated Gents) and Warren Littlefield (Fargo). Atwood has also been brought on board as a consulting producer, which is a pretty great move.
Hulu head of content Craig Erwich said in a statement:
“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. 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.”
Moss will take on the role of Offred (played by Natasha Richardson in the movie), one of the few remaining fertile women who becomes handmaid in the commander’s household. With a society faced with environmental disasters and a dwindling birthrate, these women are forced into sexual slavery to help repopulate a devastated world. And in a world where everyone can be a spy, we follow Offred as she has to survive and navigate life between commanders and their wives, domestic servants called “Marthas” -- as well as her fellow handmaids -- in order to find the daughter that was taken from her.
Are you looking forward to Hulu’s take on The Handmaid’s Tale? Do you think Elisabeth Moss is the perfect choice for the role of Offred?