‘Mad Men’ Star Elisabeth Moss to Lead Hulu ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Adaptation
Hulu hasn’t exactly made the biggest splash when it comes to breakout drama, but lord knows Peggy Olson can revive a flagging brand. Following Top of the Lake Season 2, Mad Men alum Elisabeth Moss will Lead Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, bowing in 2017.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the 10-episode series will follow the original Margaret Atwood novel, which chronicles a young handmaid in a dystopian society where women are viewed as property of the state. The 100 alum Bruce Miller wrote the script, while Atwood herself will act as a consulting producer. So reads the logline:
The drama tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Moss) 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. She is forced to navigate between commanders, their cruel wives, domestic marthas and her fellow handmaids — where anyone could be a spy for Gilead — all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
And says MGM TV of the project:
The Handmaid’s Tale is a project that we have been committed to bringing to life as its story remains as powerful today as it did when Margaret first published her novel. Handmaid’s Tale has won multiple awards inspiring a film, a graphic novel, an opera, a ballet and finally, for the first time, a compellingly immersive drama series that has found the perfect home at Hulu and its star in Elisabeth Moss.
Top of the Lake Season 2 will also arrive in 2017, but stay tuned for the latest on Hulu’s take on The Handmaid’s Tale.