Hulu recently announced that it will be producing a 10-episode mini series based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 speculative novel The Handmaid’s Tale with Samira Wiley (Poussey Washington) as one of the series’ many rising (and shooting) stars.
Wiley, who is gay herself, is set to play Moira, a lesbian character who plays a central role in protagonist Offred’s (Mad Men‘s Elizabeth Moss) younger years. The two characters are taken and made into handmaids once the collapse of the fictional world takes place. Moira is one of the only women in this post-apocalyptic society who dares to challenge Gilead’s rigid attitudes toward class, gender, and sexuality.
Since 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale has been the inspiration for a variety of reworkings of the narrative, including The Hunger Games, the Divergent series, as well as other powerful dystopic American narratives.
Hulu is taking this project seriously, and Atwood herself will be working closely with producers for the production of the series. Hulu’s take on The Handmaid’s Tale is set to air in 2017.