‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer Shows More Backstory and Evil Governments
A new trailer is out for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, the adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel. Among all the dark imagery, it features a glance into how a religious fundamentalist group came into power in what used to be the United States. And unlike the previous teasers, it digs some more into the actual story the show will follow.
The protagonist, Offred, attempts to flee with her daughter, protesters are beat in the streets, and those in power celebrate. This follows the featurette that included cast and crew commentary and shorter snippets released earlier this year. The trailer ends with Offred being told "Blessed are the meek" which means if you obey and suffer you will prevail, basically a sophisticated religious way to say "sit down and shut up". Offred replies, "And blessed are those who suffer for the cause of righteousness". Things don't go well from there:
The Handmaid's Tale stars Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), and Joseph Fiennes (Hercules). Much like in Atwood's novel, it follows a victim of a religious militant regime after it rises up, murders congress, suspends the constitution, removes women's rights, and forces fertile women to reproduce for their leaders (whose wives' infertility is caused by environmental contamination). The heroine Offred is one of these women, called "handmaids," who longs for freedom in a life of captivity.
The show is created by Bruce Miller, who served as an Executive Producer of The 100 for seasons one and two. Executive Producer, Warren Littlefield (Fargo), says that although the story is dark, the tone won't be. The cast has commented on how the show hits close to home and although it seems drastic and far-fetched, audiences can see how this dystopia could become a reality.
The show seems to be premiering at a poignant time, with many women unsure of how their rights will be threatened under the current administration and political atmosphere.
The Handmaid's Tale premieres April 26 on Hulu.