The Handmaid’s Tale will be told with a little help from Risen’s Joseph Fiennes.
hulu has called upon the Shakespeare in Love stud to take part on its adaptation of the novel by Margaret Atwood, which also will feature Elisabeth Moss (AMC’s Mad Men), Samira Wiley (Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black), Ann Dowd (HBO’s The Leftovers), and Max Minghella.
Fiennes will portray Cmdr. Fred Waterford in the straight-to-series 10-eps-at-first project, which will center on life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian republic settled in what was formerly part of the United States that treats women as state property.
Especially fertile women.
Moss will play Offred, a handmaid at his household, who desperately puts up with forced sexual servitude, other abusive commanders (and their cruel wives), and the potential duplicity of her fellow maids, all with the hope of making it another day to look for the daughter that was taken from her.
You can expect The Handmaid’s Tale to become available for streaming on hulu sometime next year.