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Elisabeth Moss To Star In Straight-To-Series Drama ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ On Hulu

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Hulu has given a straight-to-series order for drama The Handmaid’s Tale from MGM Television based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling novel, with Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) attached to star.

Golden Globe winner Moss will play Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. Enslaved by a society that values only her fertility, Offred must find a way to survive in a world of oppression and swift, cruel punishments.

Adapted from Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the dystopian Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead — all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

The Handmaid’s Tale is scheduled to go into production later this year.

 

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Cannot like Atwood as much as I'd like to. Partly how she is I person...not even her fault, really, just that her atonal voice and diction push my buttons (reminds me of certain family members), and she seems pretentious and self-important even though her actual comments/stances are ones I entirely agree with at 1 step removed...and her earlier works are kind of monolithic and continue to bludgeon you to porridge death long after you grasp her thesis, much like the other Canadian Margaret.

But...as I said, I know it's a lot on me. I've been in a room with her listening to her talk and thinking she's making empty noises and air quotes and then later seen what she was actually saying on paper and been amazed how much I thought it was bang in/insightful.

/weirdrant

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I'm excited about this. The world needs more dystopian TV series. 

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On 5/1/2016 at 2:22 PM, Writhen said:

As I said on Tor, the original movie is great. I tried to read the book but it didn't grab me.

What?  With that great last line?

"Any questions?"

I must agree that I don't care for her much. But the Handmaid's Tale is her best, I think

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19 hours ago, sagewich said:

What?  With that great last line?

"Any questions?"

I must agree that I don't care for her much. But the Handmaid's Tale is her best, I think

 

IDK. I have such a massive TBR that if you don't literally poke my mind's eye out I put the book right back at the bottom.

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The way some people feel about Atwood the person I feel about Moss -- just don't like watching her.

I think Atwood's earlier work is a lot more engrossing to read.  It has a wicked sense of humor, which by the time of the dystopia attack beginning with Handmaid's Tale (which I thought absolutely right on the money and brilliant), went away.  By far, even now, my favorite Atwood is The Robber Bride.

 

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On 5/26/2016 at 2:49 PM, Writhen said:

 

IDK. I have such a massive TBR that if you don't literally poke my mind's eye out I put the book right back at the bottom.

Not one to poke your eye out.  When I read the last line, I was enviously thinking "I wish I had written that"

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I'm gonna poke all your eyes out. The Handmaid's Tale is one of the best novels of the 20th century and Margaret Atwood is one of the world's greatest living authors. Read all of her books you heathens! Also, I'm very excited about this new series. Any news on what's going on with the planned Oryx And Crake series?

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How bad is Atwood in person?  I've heard other opinions to James Arryn.  I've only read Atwood and I've enjoyed each novel so far.  I'll have to pick up the Handmaid's Tale.

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yeah, this is going right into our rotation.... Hulu is starting to make some really good stuff... 11-22-63... the Path.... Shut Eye..... So I have high hopes for this

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7 hours ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

Out today.Getting great reviews so far.Will be binge-watching this weekend.

Only first 3 episodes are out then it's 1 episode every Wednesday ongoing.

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Watched the first episode with my bf. I have read the book, he has not. He kept asking me questions and I was like--you don't need to know!! Just watch! Also I read it a very long time ago so I don't remember very much of the plot at all. The first episode was all about establishing the world and Offred, and it felt a little flat to me. I'll definitely keep watching and hope it improves as the necessary intro stuff is out of the way.

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