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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Gets Fittingly Dystopian, Chilling Trailer

Elisabeth Moss stars as woman forced to bear children for couples in film adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel

In the latest trailer for Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel and the rest of the star-studded cast navigate a dystopian future where women are treated as property of the state. The first three episodes of the 10 episode series will premiere at once on April 26th.

The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in the near-future in a totalitarian nation called Gilead, meant to be the former United States. Many women have been rendered infertile, largely due to the contaminated environment. Fertile women like Moss’ Offred — who is separated from her husband and child — serve as Handmaids who must bear children for married couples. The ominous trailer sees Offred try to remember the time before she became a Handmaid and her fight for freedom.

Atwood, who released the novel in 1985, has had high praise for the adaptation. “Based on what I’ve seen, it’s a 10,” she said during a Reddit AMA. “My criteria: puddle of goo on the floor [by the] end of episode 3. Gasp. Shriek. It goes farther than I did in the book…”


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