When Hulu decided to adapt Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, they couldn’t have known that, more than a year later, US women – and women around the world – would be so concerned about the erosion of their rights that they would rise up and protest the incoming administration in the numbers that they have. But the novel, which tells the story of women who are no longer allowed access to knowledge, and who are valued now only for their fertility, is a scary glimpse into a far-extended and hopefully not prophetic glimpse into a terrible future.
From Hulu: The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values’. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
Hulu debuted a trailer for the upcoming program, the first Super Bowl spot the network has done for any of its original programming.
The Handmaid’s Tale debuts April 26.
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