WARNING: Article contains one spoiler.
On April 26, Hulu will unveil The Handmaid’s Tale, a 10-episode dramatic series based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of the same name. The tale follows Offred, a woman living in
Trump’s America Gilead, a theocratic military dictatorship where women predominantly exist to give birth and please men.
The series will deviate from the book by making Offred’s neighbor Ofglen a closeted lesbian (played by Gilmore Girls actress Alexis Bledel). Readers of Atwood’s book may remember Ofglen, though it’s possible that the series might deviate from Atwood’s original plot lines.
In Gilead, Handmaids are basically servants and mistresses to the most powerful families. Meanwhile, feminists, sterile women and other “useless” women get declared as “unwomen” and sent to colonies located next to toxic waste dumps (fun!). Presumably, the theocratic land of Gilead won’t smile too kindly upon a lesbian, but Ofglen may have ways to subvert the theocracy, even if it puts herself (or others) in danger.
The Handmaid’s Tale has been adapted into a 1990 film as well as several radio plays and stage productions including a ballet, a one-woman show and an opera. The film only has a 23% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was plagued by script changes during production, but its trailer still looks incredible.
Hulu also released some shots from its upcoming show near the end of 2016. They look creepy as hell. Here they are: