An official synopsis of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” courtesy of Hulu:
The drama series, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of 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 fundamentalism regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) 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.
Moss plays Offred, the lead character in “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the story’s narrator. The role marks Moss’ first series regular commitment since “Mad Men” ended in 2015.
Samira Wiley plays Moira, a close friend of Offred’s since college.
Bledel will star as Ofglen, Offred’s fellow Handmaid and companion. At first, Ofglen seems like a pious rule-follower, loyal to the oppressive Gilead system, but she turns out to be daring and subversive.
Fiennes plays Commander Waterford, a leader who claims to be a kind of scientist and was in a form of market research pre-Gilead.
Strahovski stars as Serena Joy, a former televangelist and the Commander’s wife in the fundamentalist theocracy.
Minghella plays Nick, the Commander’s chauffer.
Fagbenle plays Luke, Offred’s husband prior to the formation of Gilead.
Brewer plays Janine, a woman training to become a Handmaid.
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
As of January 2017, “The Handmaid’s Tale” was shooting Season 1 in Toronto.