The Handmaid’s Tale first trailer has been released during the Super Bowl. Take a first look at the much-anticipated series, which will air on Hulu.
The Handmaid’s Tale is a drama series based on the novel of Margaret Atwood bearing the same name. The book was published in 1985 and it tells a story that occurs in a dystopian world. In a future that is defined by totalitarian theocracy and where few women are fertile, the ability to produce heirs becomes currency. The still fertile women become property of the rich. The story is seen through the eyes of Offred, a woman that is part of the class kept for reproductive purposes, also known as “handmaids”. At the time of the story, she is on her third assignment, in the house of Gilead commander Fred Waterford and his wife, Serena. Before the revolution that brought society into this state, Offred was a mother and a wife. Since her brutal separation from her daughter and her indoctrination into the new lifestyle, she has had to obey to the new social rules that define Gilead.
Hulu is now bringing the story to life on the small screen, with actress Elisabeth Moss as the main character. The series also stars Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford, Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Waterford, Samira Wiley as Moira and Alexis Bledel as Ofglen.
Filming of the series, created by Bruce Miller, took place in Toronto, starting September of last year and ending this month.
In the trailer, released at the Super Bowl, we see Offred recalling how it all started. ”I had another name but…it’s forbidden now”, we hear the narrator’s voice, while she is browsing through her memories of her family and of the revolution’s beginning.
Elisabeth Moss, 34, is best known for her roles on AMC’s Mad Men (as Peggy Olson) and on BBC’s Top of the Lake (as Det. Robin Griffin). Olson’s role brought her six Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe nomination, while Griffin’s earned her one Golden Globe and one Satellite Award.
This is not the first time The Handmaid’s Tale is turned into a movie. In February 1990, a drama adapted from the book to a big screen story has premiered, with a cast including big Hollywood names, such as Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and Aidan Quinn. This version, directed by Volker Schlöndorff, shows Richardson in the role of the maid, Dunaway as the cold lady of the house, Duvall as the commander and Quinn as the commander’s chauffeur.
The Handmaid’s Tale will premiere on Hulu, on April 26, 2017.