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Based on Margaret Atwood's best-selling novel, Hulu's new series "The Handmaid's Tale" stars the brilliant Elisabeth Moss as Offred, a woman living in a not-too-distant dystopian future in what was once known as the United States.

The Republic of Gilead, is a mono theocrasy which takes the Book of Genesis as gospel. In order to deal with social unrest and a dwindling birth rate, the leadership has developed a new social system in which Handmaidens, fertile women, are forced into birthing children for the wealthy. Offred is one such Handmaiden and she's not happy with her lot in life.

At the time of publication, "The Handmaid's Tale" was a departure from Atwood and though over the years she has tackled other dystopic futures, I've never been quite as taken by them as I was with "The Handmaid's Tale" which features not only a fantastic heroine but brilliant world building.

The book previously saw life as a fairly good movie directed by Volker Schlondorff and starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern and Robert Duvall but the story has always been ripe for long-form storytelling where the world could be more thoroughly explored and it looks like Hulu will be doing just that with the show which includes cinematographer Reed Morano and Atwood herself as producers.

Along with Moss, the show also stars Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella and Samira Wiley.

"The Handmaid's Tale" premieres April 26 on Hulu.

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