Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel A Handmaid's Tale is being turned into a series that will premier on Hulu in April, and the topics of the book really couldn't feel more relevant. The story is set in a near-future time in New England, after a totalitarian regime has overthrown the U.S. government and strips women of all their rights, so they are used for reproductive reasons only.
The series will star Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Samira Wiley (Orange Is The New Black) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) as women and allies living under the dictatorship. "I feel like it's our responsibility as artists to reflect the time we are living in," Wiley said at the Television Critic's Association presentation on Saturday, Mashable reports.
The series, in many ways, has worked hard to remain truthful to the novel. There's a heavy use of voice over in the series, which is designed to mimic the feeling of the way the book is narrated by the character Offred, one of the last fertile females in the world. "What I like the most about it is it connects me to the viewer," Moss, who plays Offred, said of the voice over narration style. "I hold their hand a little bit and walk them through this world."
The actions that have already been taken since the 2016 election to take women's rights away, like the GOP's plan to defund Planned Parenthood, along with the ways business man Donald Trump joked about assaulting women during the election, make the premise of the novel and series hit close to home. "None of us could ignore what was happening [last year]," said the show's executive producer Bruce Miller. "I was writing the pilot script during the primaries, during all the debates...We were of course mindful of that."
Watch the trailer here to see a hint of what the dystopian world of The Handmaid's Tale will look like in the latest incarnation: