The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian/speculative fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, first published in 1985.
The novel revolves around a woman named Offred, and her struggle to survive in a totalitarian theocracy known as the Republic of Gilead, which has replaced the United states of America, and explores themes such as religious fundamentalism, political censorship and oppression, sexism and gender roles, and more.
The Handmaid's Tale is a 10-episode dystopian drama series set to premiere on Hulu Wednesday, April 26.
Starring Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, and Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid's Tale's dystopian narrative sets itself in the fictional Republic of Gilead, an authoritarian theocracy which comes to power in the US.
Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale follows handmaid Offred (played by Moss), who is forced into subjugation in an attempt to repopulate the fictional, male-dominated society of Gilead. Offred seems like a pious rule-follower, loyal to the oppressive Gilead system, but she turns out to be daring and subversive.
- Elisabeth Moss as Offred
- Samira Wiley as Moira
- Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred
- Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy
- Madeline Brewer as Janine
- O. T. Fagbenle as Luke
- Alexis Bledel as Ofglen
- Max Minghella as Nick
- Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia