Hulu has released a trailer for it’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 feminist sci-fi novel The Handmaid’s Tale (actually it’s only arguably sci-fi, but Atwood’s always banging on about not wanting to be labelled as a sci-fi author as if there’s something wrong with being a sci-fi author, so let’s call it sci-fi just to annoy her – the fact that it’s feminist isn’t arguable, though).
The dystopian series stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski and is set to debut the on the streaming service on 26 April. There was a very dull and worthy movie version released in 1990, but this looks a lot, lot better.
A Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what formerly was part of the United States, plagued by environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate. Gilead is patriarchal fundamentalist regime in which women are property of the state; handmaids are women kept under slave-like conditions whose duty it is to produce children for rich men whose wives are infertile. Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred (formerly know as June, but she’s forbidden to use that name any longer), a handmaid for commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) whose wife is played by Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski.
“The book’s been around for 35 years and every time someone reads it, they say, ‘Wow, this is timely,’” said executive producer Bruce Miller at the Television Critics Association press tour in LA this weekend. “One of the things that’s most interesting about the book is how relevant it is all the time. None of us could ignore what was happening. I was writing the pilot script during the primaries. We were, of course, mindful of that.”
Good grief, he couldn’t be referring to president-elect Donald Trump’s somewhat less-than-feminist campaign, could he?