The actress will play 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.
“‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is more relevant now than when it was written,” said Atwood. “I am sure the series will be watched with great interest. I have read the first two scripts and they are excellent; I can hardly wait to see the finished episodes.”
The series will be created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller. Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Warren Littlefield serve as executive producers with Atwood serving as Consulting Producer for the series. Production is expected to begin later this year.
The 10-episode series is set to debut in 2017.