On Wednesday, March 8, Hulu released a new teaser trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Amazing Grace” has never sounded so unsettling — how bleak the sound (watch above). Premiering April 26 on the streaming service, it tells the story of a dystopian society called Gilead, which exists in part of what used to be the United States. Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is one of the few fertile women left, so she is forced into sexual servitude as a Handmaid to a powerful Commander.
The teaser highlights Offred, who is seen happy, in love, and giving birth to a child before getting caught in the middle of protests, chased down, and separated from her family. Then she assumes the puritanical garb of a Handmaiden. The series is based on the famed 1985 novel by author Margaret Atwood, whose vision of a totalitarian theocracy and the subjugation of women feels as relevant as ever in the contentious political climate of 2017. The trailer is titled “Her Story is Our Story” — fitting that it should premiere on International Women’s Day.
The series was developed for television by Bruce Miller, whose previous credits include sci-fi/fantasy series like “The 4400,” “Eureka” and “The 100.” Joining him as executive producers are Warren Littlefield (“Fargo”), Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Ilene Chaiken (“Empire”). And appearing in the cast along with Moss are Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, and O.T. Fagbenle.
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