Based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale looks set to be an absolute must-watch because even though the book is thirty-two years old, this first look appears to hold an eerie connection to events in the world today.
Produced by MGM Television, it marks the first collaboration for an original series between Hulu and MGM and was shot in Toronto, with full production being wrapped. Starring the excellent Elisabeth Moss, the 10-episode series is set in a near-future dystopian world but do not fear, this one is very different to similar styles doing the rounds at the moment. Rather spookily, a Christian-fundamentalist and totalitarian government rules the former United States and prohibits women from working, reading or having money. Also, due to a world contaminated there’s infertility and so young fertile women called Handmaids are given to the rich, and then forced to bear children for them.
Moss plays Offred, the lead who also narrates and although it seem all undoubtedly brutal and provocative, it also has a strange echo of extreme events happening and especially in the USA at the moment. The show also stars Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella and Alexis Bledel. Watch the trailer below:
The domestic premiere of season 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale takes place April 26 on Hulu. It will air in Canada on Bravo beginning with a special two-hour premiere event on Sunday, April 30 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET (10 p.m. – midnight PT).
The one-hour drama continues to air Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning May 7, and UK dates are to be confirmed very soon.