For those who have struggled with the decision on whether to get a #Hulu subscription, this might be your deciding factor. The streaming service announced early last year that it would adapt Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss.
Late last month, a few photos were unveiled — and now viewers have finally been given a glimpse into the Hulu original series.
The series follows a woman named Offred (Moss) who lives in a dystopian future controlled by totalitarian rulers who have overthrown the U.S. government. In this new society, based on Old Testament ideologies, women no longer have any rights but they do serve a purpose if they are considered useful.
Offred becomes a "handsmaid", a woman kept around for reproductive services, which is a high commodity. As we see in the trailer, Offred and the rest of the women struggle with their new normal while trying to hang on to life before the revolution.
With everything that is happening in the world, the timing for this series seems impeccable. I am sure the writers never predicted that we would be in such a state of turmoil during this transitional time full of weariness and unease. Even though this is based on a novel dating back over three decades, the topics regarding politics, class equality, women's rights and homophobia are still as prevalent as ever.
The 10-episode series will also feature #Netflix alum Samira Wiley, who is best known for her role as Poussey in #OrangeIsTheNewBlack. Wiley will be playing Moira, a friend of Offred's since college and a fellow handmaid, which is even more difficult for her considering that she is a lesbian living in a homophobic society.
The recent cast photos also gave us a surprising reveal that Alexis Bledel will be playing Ofglen, a handmaid who is partnered with Offred to keep each other's behaviors in check, but it will prove a little difficult considering Ofglen's reckless behavior. Fresh off of reprising her role in the #GilmoreGirl's revival, it is exciting to see Bledel reunite with fellow #MadMen costar and jump right back into TV.
The Handmaid's Tale premieres on Hulu, April 26, 2017. Are you excited for it? Let us know in the comments below!