Elizabeth Moss to Star in TV Adaptation of Award-Winning Dystopian Novel "The Handmaid's Tale"

Friday, 29 April 2016 - 4:02PM
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Friday, 29 April 2016 - 4:02PM
Elizabeth Moss to Star in TV Adaptation of Award-Winning Dystopian Novel "The Handmaid's Tale"
This is fantastic news. Elizabeth Moss is set to headline a TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's acclaimed dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale, which will air on Hulu. Atwood herself will serve as consulting producer, while The 100's Bruce Miller and Fargo's Warren Littlefield are listed as executive producers. 

The Handmaid's Tale takes place in the former United States of America, now called the Republic of Gilead, which has been taken over by a Christian theocracy that overthrew the democratic government. The main character, Offred (Moss), is part of a class of women who are kept as concubines and child incubators, whose only role in society is to reproduce, as pollution and STDs has rendered most women sterile. The novel is considered an important work of literary fiction, speculative fiction, and feminist fiction, and was nominated for several awards, including the Nebula Award, the Booker Prize, and the Arthur C. Clarke award (won). 

This isn't the first adaptation of the novel, as a film version came out in 1990 starring Natasha Richardson and Faye Dunaway, and it has also appeared as a radio show, opera, ballet, and one-woman show. But this will be the first television series based on the novel, and the complexity of the narrative is perfectly suited for a long-form adaptation.
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