First Look: Elisabeth Moss in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Peggy who? After an award-winning performance in Top of the LakeElisabeth Moss continues to make a name for herself beyond her breakout role in Mad Men as Ms. Olson.

She’s set to star in a new adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, the dystopian classic by Margaret Atwood that imagines a brutal totalitarian regime called the Republic of Gilead set up in near-future New England.

Readers of the book will know it was far from a bed of roses, and, sure enough, photos just released of the TV adaptation are as bleak as they are stunning:

(Image: Hulu)
(Image: Hulu)

Let’s just say it’s a far cry from Madison Avenue.

Faced with environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state.

Elisabeth’s character, Offred, is one of a class of women known as “handmaids,” who are forced into servitude by the ruling class for reproductive purposes. Here’s a closer look at her in the white cap and red dress handmaids must wear:

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(Image: Hulu)

Meanwhile Offred’s boss, an officer in the military known simply as Commander, is played by Shakespeare in Love‘s Joseph Fiennes:

(Image: Hulu)
(Image: Hulu)

It’s one thing to survive in this terrifying regime where one wrong word could end her life, but Offred has another goal: To find the daughter taken from her.

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(Image: Hulu)

Elisabeth will produce — as well as headline — the 10-episode series, which is expected to hit Hulu in April 2017.

“We never wanted the show to be this relevant,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “This will go down as one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had, but to be able to have a voice in this is an entirely different experience for me. It only makes me want to work harder.”

Are you looking forward to this?

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