'The Handmaid's Tale' Cast and Crew Talk Dystopias in New Featurette

Saturday, 25 February 2017 - 2:15PM
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The Handmaids Tale
Saturday, 25 February 2017 - 2:15PM
'The Handmaid's Tale' Cast and Crew Talk Dystopias in New Featurette
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Whether you've read Margaret Atwood's classic sci-fi novel The Handmaid's Tale, or whether you've just seen the creepy Super Bowl advertisement, you may know that a TV adaptation is hitting Hulu this spring. And a new featurette sees the cast and crew, including Elizabeth Moss of Mad Men, go more in-depth about creating a near-future America gone wrong.

Starting with an extreme regime that comes to power and says, "We have a better way," things quickly devolve into an uber-religious military dictatorship, as America becomes the Republic of Gilead and women like Offred (played by Moss) finds themselves without any rights. Here's what you can look forward to:


Also starring Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley and Yvonne Strahovski, the show's executive producer insists that the show's dark world won't make this a dark show, and despite all the totalitarian oppression, there'll be a focus on hope and fighting back however you can. And there'll also be a stern reminder on how an attempt to make the world better can backfire, because "better never means better for everyone."


"Handmaids" in this story refer to fertile women who've been forced to breed children for the rich and powerful, in an age where most people have become infertile (although in the book, the government insisted that only women could be infertile). Moss describes her character Offred, meaning "Of-Fred" since handmaids aren't allowed their own names:
Opening quote
Here's this character, stripped of everything, of her rights, of her family, of her friends, and she still can't quite give up.
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The novel has just recently gone up in sales despite being published in 1985, half because of the show and half because Americans are seeing reflections of their own political climate (George Orwell's 1984 is also doing quite well). While that's very ominous for America, it means the show picked a relevant time to come out. As Wiley, who plays fellow handmaid Moira, explains of the show, "It seems far away, but it also seems like it could be so close."

The Handmaid's Tale premieres April 26, 2017 on Hulu.
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