Update 3/23: Watch the Official Trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or a book) these last few months, chances are you’ve heard that Hulu is turning Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, into a TV series. In April 2016, Deadline announced that Hulu will partner with MGM Television to adapt Atwood’s twisted tale to a straight-to-series drama.
The cast will include Elisabeth Moss (The West Wing) as Offred, Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black) as Moira, Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford, and Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford, and is slated to premiere April 26, 2017.
As one of the Canadian author’s most notorious works, this isn’t the first time The Handmaid’s Tale has been given the book-to-screen treatment. Since its publication in 1985, the book has been adapted several times in media: as a film in 1990, an opera in 2000 and even inspired Canadian band Lakes of Canada’s 2014 album Transgressions.
As if that wasn’t amazing already, BuzzFeed has been quietly leaking new images of the latest adaptation courtesy of Hulu.
Check out the eerie images below, and do your best not to freak out before April gets here:
Elisabeth Moss as Offred
Samira Wiley as Moira
Joseph Fiennes as the Commander
Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia
Madeline Brewer as Janine
Max Minghella as Nick
O.T. Fagbenle as Luke
Like every other great book that haunts me, I still haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale. Of course, I own a copy, because not owning a copy would be sacrilegious, wouldn’t it? But I don’t know, I just haven’t found any interest in reading any classics lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on it. I’ve learned that’s become my theme this year: I’m working on it.
I’m also really stoked to see Wiley in a role that seems totally opposite of her character on OITNB, and the fact that she’s branching out into more dramatic and serious characters is a really interesting shift. We’ll see where it goes, but I expect only good things from this series. I’m going to cross my fingers that I finish the story before the actual series premieres in April because I’d honestly like to start some sort of forum or discussion about it in the future. Wishful thinking, right?
I won’t make any promises to read The Handmaid‘s Tale in time, but I am determined to read it. I just have so many other contemporary books on my TBR right now that it’s a bit insane to think of adding a classic at the moment. You know how the saying goes: so many books, so little time.