Handmaid’s Tale trailer takes a trip into dystopia

The future’s bleak in the first trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale

Read the official synopsis and watch the new trailer for Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel, The Handmaid’ Tale:

Golden Globe® Winner Elisabeth Moss (TOP OF THE LAKE, TRUTH, MAD MEN) is Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. Enslaved by a society that values only her fertility, Offred must find a way to survive in this world of oppression and swift, cruel punishments.

Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s influential and acclaimed novel, THE HANDMAID’S TALE 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 religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred 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.

The cast includes Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story: Asylum), Samira Wiley (Orange Is The New Black), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Max Minghella (Horns), Ann Dowd (Compliance), Madeline Brewer (Hemlock Grove), OT Fagbenle (NW) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), with Bruce Miller (A Town Called Eureka) serving as producer and showrunner and Reed Morano (Meadowland) directing the first three episodes.

The Handmaid’s Tale will stream on Hulu in the US from 26 April 2017, with a UK air date and channel to be announced. For all the latest TV news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.