Hulu announced last spring it was turning Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale into a series starring Elizabeth Moss. Today, that series got a release date: April 26th, 2017.
Moss will play Offred, one of a small group of fertile women kept in sexual servitude by the male ruling class of a fundamentalist society called Gilead. In Gilead, women have been stripped of all rights, and Offred and the other Handmaids are at constant risk of being sent off to concentration camps.
Although the novel was released in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale still remains relevant today. The series’ interpretations of the text will likely be even more interesting under a Donald Trump presidency. As The Verge’s Adi Robertson wrote days after the US election, “The Handmaid’s Tale dares to name an enemy.”