The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead recently wrote that Margaret Atwood “has long been Canada’s most famous writer” and that her work, which “has imagined societies riddled with misogyny, oppression, and environmental havoc…,now feel all too real.”
Perhaps the most famous novel from that “famous writer,” The Handmaid’s Tale, is the basis of a 10-episode series premiering today on Hulu. The story focuses on the dystopian Gilead, “a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the US.” In this world, in which a “twisted fundamentalist regime … treats women as property of the state,” Offred “is a handmaid in the commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world.”
The cast includes Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss as Offred, The Leftovers’ Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia, Shakespeare in Love’s Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford, Orange is the New Black’s Madeline Brewer as Janine, The Mindy Project’s Max Minghella as Nick, The Five’s O.T. Fagbenle as Luke, Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley as Moira, and Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy.
For more information about how to watch The Handmaid’s Tale, visit Hulu.
The book was first adapted for the big screen in 1990, with a cast that included Natasha Richardson as Offred, as well as Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Aiden Quinn and Elizabeth McGovern. You can purchase that version to stream for $9.99 from Google Play, Microsoft and YouTube.
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