Hulu has released a new trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the upcoming series based on Margaret Atwood's acclaimed 1985 novel over the same name. The teaser focuses on star Elisabeth Moss’ character, Offred, during her capture and indoctrination by an oppressive regime.
In Atwood's dystopian story, the United States government has been overthrown by a religious group called the Republic of Gilead, which all but abolishes women's rights and, in the new Old Testament-inspired society, forces them into slavery to the upper class.
In the novel, Offred is one such woman captured attempting to flee the Republic, only to be conscripted into sexual slavery by a family high in the Republic’s ranks. The book recounts Offred’s servitude, exploring themes like theocracy and women’s agency in oppressive regimes.
"The Handmaid's Tale" won the Governor General’s Award for English language fiction in 1985 and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. It was nominated for the Booker Prize and Nebula Award in 1986 and the Prometheus Award in 1987. Atwood serves as consulting producer for the adaptation.
Debuting April 26 on Hulu, “The Handmaid’s Tale” stars Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski.