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The Handmaid's Tale teaser: Chilling first look at Hulu's adaptation of the Margaret Atwood classic

The 10-episode series stars Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, and Alexis Bledel

Clarisse Loughrey
Sunday 08 January 2017 12:21 GMT
First look at the Handmaid's Tale new series released

A classic of modern literature is coming to the small screen, all thanks to Hulu.

With the competition between Netflix's rival streaming platforms to step up their game when it comes to original content, Hulu now unveils a first look at its adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), The Handmaid's Tale's dystopian narrative sets itself in the fictional Republic of Gilead, an authoritarian theocracy which comes to power in the US.

Women here are treated as nothing more than wives, servants, or breeders, referred to as "handmaids"; Moss' Offred being one of these women denigrated and exploited for her fertility in ongoing efforts to repopulate the country, though she still fights for the husband and child snatched away from her.

"I had another name, but it's forbidden now," Offred states in the trailer. "So many things are forbidden now. My name is Offred, and I intended to survive."

The 10-episode series will debut on Hulu on 26 April.

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