Shortly after the news was announced, the helmer expressed her joy about being part of the series, tweeting: “Lizzie and I are so excited.”
The show is based on Margaret Atwood’s classic 1985 novel of the same name and is adapted for television by Bruce Miller.
Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. She is one of the few remaining fertile women who is forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. Offred will go from one miserable situation to the next in hopes of surviving and finding the daughter that was taken from her.
Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Warren Littlefield are onboard as executive producers for the series, with Atwood serving as consulting producer. Production for “The Handmaid’s Tale” is expected to begin later this year, with hopes for a 2017 release.
Morano’s previous TV credits include “Halt and Catch Fire” at AMC and Showtime’s “Billions.” This year she earned her first Independent Spirit Award nomination for her cinematography in “Meadowland.” At the 2016 Cannes Lions she also won the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director award for helming the PSA for CoorDown.