Trailer: Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale promises to be timely
VOD News | On 09, Jan 2017
One of the most talked-about shows of spring 2017 is Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Margaret Atwood’s novel was published several decades ago, but remains a familiar, timely and provocative text.
The series will tell 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 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.
There is no UK broadcaster confirmed yet for the show, although as with 11.22.63 and The Path, it is only a matter of time until someone on British shores bites – partly because of how topical the material is, and partly because of how impressive the just-released first trailer for the programme looks.
“Every time someone reads it, it’s timely,” showrunner Bruce Miller told the press at the Television Critics Association press tour over the weekend.
Miller penned the adaptation during the primaries for the presidential election.
“I think none of us could ignore what was happening,” he commented.
“It’s like a Shakespeare play in that it remains timeless in its context,” agreed Joseph Fiennes, who plays the Commander who owns Offred, using her to produce the offspring that his wife cannot have.
Co-star Samira Wiley, who plays Offred’s friend, Moira, chimed in: “It’s our responsibility as artists to reflect the time we’re living in. This show is showing us the climate we’re living in. For me, personal issues are, specifically, women and their bodies and who has control of our bodies. Do we have control of that, or does someone else?”
The Handmaid’s Tale will debut 26th April on Hulu. Watch this space for more on its UK air date.