We were already incredibly excited for Hulu’s upcoming miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s all-too-relevant dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale. In the 1985 sci-fi novel, a totalitarian government forces women to live in strict roles. Most women are upper-class Wives and Daughters, or lower-class Handmaidens, who have to bear children for the Wives. (There are also Aunts, who train Handmaidens, and Marthas, who are servants.)
In the Hulu adaptation, Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, with Orange Is The New Black favorite Samira Wiley as in a supporting role as Offred’s close friend Moira. Now, Hulu has announced that Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel has joined the cast as Offred’s fellow handmaiden (and eventually co-conspirator) Ofglen. The cast also includes Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, and Yvonne Strahovski.
Many people have pointed out the chilling similarities between the Handmaid’s Tale and our president-elect’s policies. In the novel, the government blames “Islamic fanatics” for everything as they seize more power and face little resistance; they censor the media and force people to carry around “Identipasses”; and women are deprived of all rights.
Atwood herself has pointed out the similarities. You can panic now.
The Handmaid's Tale comes out on April 26th, 2017.
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