'Handmaid's Tale' Trailer Shows A Bleak And Dystopian America

Saturday, 07 January 2017 - 5:29PM
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Saturday, 07 January 2017 - 5:29PM
'Handmaid's Tale' Trailer Shows A Bleak And Dystopian America
Hulu dropped the trailer today for their upcoming series The Handmaid's Tale, starring Elizabeth Moss of Mad Men and Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls. And judging from the atmosphere alone, it looks like a promising adaption of the dark speculative fiction it's based on.

Based on Margaret Atwood's classic and very dystopian novel from 1985, The Handmaid's Tale is set in a bleak future where America has crumbled and been replaced with a religious totalitarian government called the Republic of Gilead. Women are now completely without rights, and a "handmaid" who exists only for breeding (played by Moss) is introduced to a growing resistance. Check out the teaser below: 


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Moss' handmaid goes by the name of Offred, which means "Of-Fred," Fred being a high-ranking commander in the theocratic government that Offred is "assigned" to. As she says, "I had another name, but it's forbidden now." Joseph Fiennes will play that commander, and Bledel will co-star as another handmaid named Ofglen. So far, it looks similar in tone to Man in the High Castle, another show which adapted a famous work of dystopian fiction. And given the continuing fears about threats to women's reproductive rights and religion encroaching into government, the show could hardly have picked a more relevant time to begin.

The Handmaid's Tale will come out on Hulu starting April 26, 2017.
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