The Handmaid’s Tale

Can you imagine a place where women are not allowed to hold jobs, vote, have money or own anything?  Where women are not allowed to read.  Where people are divided into social classes that include such terms as “non-persons”.  Where babies are determined to be “keepers” if they are free of genetic defects and “shredders” if they are lacking in any way.

This place is New England.  Harvard Square in Cambridge Massachusetts, to be exact.  In the Republic of Gilead, inhabiting the territory formerly known as the United States of America.  The time is approximately 2005 AD.

“Context is all”, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood’s 1986 dystopian classic is getting a new life on screen.

Hulu has managed to keep this one under the radar, but handmaids were spotted on the streets of Austin at SXSW and suddenly everyone started freaking out.  Hulu’s little PR stunt involved an army of red-clad handmaidens walking the streets of Austin (in pairs, of course) in complete silence during SXSW.

OK, so you’ve got our attention.

Then I saw the teaser…

Wow.  Chills.  The book is pretty dark and paranoid, but Hulu seems to have taken this one step further.  Margaret Atwood herself has said that the first three episodes reduced her to “a puddle of goo”.  Intense.

Want a bit more?  Here’s the full-length trailer….

Intrigued, aren’t you?  Or maybe you’re cringing, thinking that this hits a bit too close to home.

I’m sure the show will play with the book timelines and this will likely be set sometime in the next 20 years.

I am excited, but I have never seen a Hulu original before and I’m not very familiar with the production team.  It’s created and adapted for screen by Bruce Miller, who has previously written and produced TV dramas such as The 100, The 4400, and Eureka.  The first 3 episodes are directed by Reed Morano, who is an experienced cinematographer but a novice director.  Ms. Atwood has stayed heavily involved throughout production, so that’s a good thing.  I still really don’t know what to expect.

The cast includes TV veterans Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Elisabeth Moss (The West Wing, Mad Men) and Joseph Fiennes (Flashforward, American Horror Story).  Please see here for the full cast.

The first 3 episodes will be released on April 26, with the remaining 7 episodes to be released weekly thereafter.


More.  Soon.  xo


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