The first trailer has arrived for The Handmaid's Tale, and if you were never afraid of living in a totalitarian society before, you certainly will be now! Hulu dropped the first trailer for the Elisabeth Moss led adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale, and it looks super intense and powerful in the small bit we do see. Take a look:
Man, I feel bad for Elisabeth Moss already and I don't even know what she goes through beyond this trailer! The Handmaid's Tale's Offred is, in some ways, a far cry from Moss's breakout role in AMC's Mad Men, but I can see some similarities. That stone cold resilience even when she knows she's going to be punished is the kind of stuff you'd see from Peggy Olson late in the series, so I think she's going to make a good lead in this role. Considering the success and longevity of the novel, it's hard to imagine this show not being a hit for Hulu when it premieres April 26th.
In case you weren't aware, The Handmaid's Tale is adapted from the novel of the same name written by iconic author Margaret Atwood. The novel tells of the dystopian world of Gilead, which was formerly known as the United States. Environmental disasters and plunging birthrates have caused the government to force the nation's remaining fertile women into sexual servants in an attempt to repopulate the world. Given that women's suffrage and the environment have been hot button issues for decades now, expect this series to once again stir the pot of controversy.
While The Handmaid's Tale appears to be a hyperbolic future scenario based on current headlines, it was actually written in 1985. This will be the second time The Handmaid's Tale appears on screen, as the original adaptation was a 1990 film that featured Robert Duvall, Natasha Richardson, and Faye Dunaway. Since that film, The Handmaid's Tale has been retold via audiobook, stage productions, and even radio drama. Over the years the book has made headlines for being read in schools because of its graphic nature, and the series maintains that controversial nature even today.
That sounds like good news for Hulu as they work to find more ways to gain viewers and close the gap between streaming competitor Netflix. While their monthly viewership watching hours are near equal, the divide in subscribership count is still far off. Like Netflix, Hulu may be able to help those numbers as they continue to offer more original, diverse, and high-quality programming with its service. Shows like The Path and 11.22.63 have won over critics, and hopefully, The Handmaid's Tale will do the same. Side note: what is it with Hulu having so many shows that begin with the word "the"?