As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, today Hulu finally released a trailer for its adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The 10 episode series will tell the tale of the futurist world of Gilead where infertility is the norm. In this future world, the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, heavily influences every aspect of life. In this case, Genesis 30:1-3 is used to justify a new law in which fertile women are taken into custody in order to serve as handmaidens to rich families, and to have children for them.
Genesis 30: 1-3 reads as follows:
1And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
2 And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
Hulu’s version of The Handmaid’s Tale will star Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) as Offred, one such unfortunate fertile woman who has been captured and forced into servitude for a rich, infertile family. I have personally been fascinated by the story since I first saw the original movie version starring Natasha Richardson (The Parent Trap) and Faye Dunaway (Supergirl). I am greatly looking forward to this new adaptation.
The Handmaid’s Tale will also star Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black), Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story), and Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter). Check out the trailer below!