he Handmaid’s Tale is an Emmy Award-winning drama series based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. The story follows Offred, a woman living in what was once the United States of America and is now called Gilead; a totalitarian society ruled by Christian fundamentalists with a warped view of gender roles.
The Handmaid’s Tale premiered on April 26, 2017, and has been renewed for a third season which is set to air in the year 2020. This will be under showrunners Bruce Miller and Warren Littlefield.
Meanwhile, reviews have been positive so far! Some of them include:
“This adaptation brilliantly explores both the dark realities as well as the possibilities of Offred’s world… [It] does an outstanding job at getting viewers invested in its protagonist’s journey.” – Entertainment Weekly
The Handmaid’s Tale is “a harrowing story told with tremendous imagination but also deep empathy. It provides a clear lens into this near future that feels uncomfortably close to our present-day” – New York Times
The Handmaid’s Tale is a beautifully acted, superbly written and engrossing series” – Wall Street Journal
In addition to the third season that will air in 2020, there are also talks of an Offred movie!
I would be interested if we could tell all or part of this story with Margaret Atwood. I’ve spoken to her about it…It just seems like one way for us to take ownership over our own material.” – Bruce Miller
The cast of The Handmaid’s Tale:
- Elizabeth Moss
- Ann Dowd
- Samira Wiley
- Yvonne Strahovski
- Alexis Bledel
- Madeline Brewer
- Joseph Fiennes
- O.T. Fagbenle
- Alexis Denisof
- Max Minghella
- Mare Winningham
Season three will be based on a new book and explore the backstory of Serena Joy. The Handmaid’s Tale is one that explores what happens when women have stripped away from their rights, autonomy, and sense of self – which can also happen in present-day society as well. In an interview with HBO CEO Richard Plepler at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, he revealed that “There may never be enough time to tell all the story we want to tell.” This makes it fairly clear that there are plans for future seasons! Plus season two was already picked up for a
About the Novel:
The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel that was written by Margaret Atwood in 1985 and has been adapted into an Emmy award-winning television series on Hulu, starring Elizabeth Moss as the protagonist Offred – one of few fertile women remaining following a takeover by religious extremists who believe men should rule society with help from these female servants or “handmaid”. The totalitarian government attempts to repress individualism and economic progress within their territory through censorship, surveillance, restriction of basic rights (such as speech), isolationism, propaganda, promotion of state violence, and other totalitarian tactics.
“The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast.” —Chicago Sun-Times. “Atwood projects into near future, creating an imaginary society almost devoid of women… Atwood seems to say: This could happen here; it is happening now.”—Toronto Globe & Mail
About the Movie:
In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood projects into the near future and creates an imaginary society almost devoid of women. There are few who still remember life before Gilead; those who do feel either fear or longing for simpler times. Offred can only remember what it was like to live with her family as one of many equals in their small community–to have been related by blood instead of law to people she could call sisters and brothers. She remembers how, before Gillead, she had loved Luke; how they would talk late into each other’s nights about books, ideas…sex. But even then there were signs that things weren’t right: increased government surveillance accompanying changes in economic policy – “you couldn’t. “The Handmaid’s Tale is a classic of our time.” —Los Angeles Times
The Handmaid’s Tale focuses on the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian society where women are brutally oppressed and forced into class hierarchies. Offred can remember her life before having been taken to live in this sexist world, but she has also tried to forget it. She lives with constant physical danger from being raped by Commanders, who use sexual violence as an expression of their power over both women and men. Women have no rights, opportunities or possessions outside those assigned by these male leaders – they may not even read.