Hulu is working on a mini-series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale, set to be released on April 26th.
The show will star Elizabeth Moss, from MadMen fame, as handmaid Offred. The story is about a dystopian future society with a dwindling population due to low birth rates. In an attempt to remedy the situation, the government assigns handmaids to the wealthy men for the purposes of hopefully bearing their children. There are a number of big stars attached to this project including Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, Ann Dowd, Samira Wiley, and Madeline Brewer.
It has just been announced that Gilmore Girl’s Alexis Bledel will be part of the project as well, playing Ofglen, another handmaid who happens to be a lesbian. As if being forced to sleep with people against your will is bad enough in this horrific society, Ofglen’s sexuality should only further complicate the disturbing plight of this character. In the book, the character is not clearly defined as a lesbian, so it’s a positive and bold choice the producers are making for the Hulu production.
Moss and Bledel have worked together before on Madmen. Moss played the unforgettable Peggy, while Bledel guest stared on the program, playing one of Pete’s love interests. Bledel actually met her husband on the show, actor Vincent Kartheiser, who played Pete. Moss and Bledel remained friends and Moss was very happy with her being cast as Ofglen, saying:
“We really wanted to find somebody that could be strong and magnetic with a certain weight to them. At the same time, you want a good actress and somebody who is willing to come in and give everything they have got and do something that they really hadn’t done before. When Alexis’ name came through, it was perfect. She has this incredible fragility and vulnerability to her, but there is another side — a strength and a toughness to her, that some people maybe haven’t seen … Obviously it doesn’t hurt that she’s a friend of mine.”