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The 10-episode adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale will premiere in April 2017 on Hulu. Stunning stills of the production have just been released.

Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) stars as Offred, a woman trapped in Gilead (a faction in the United States that rose to power due to the fertility crisis). The still shows her sitting alone in her conservative dress. Her only function is to have children for high-powered men.

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Offred’s task is to have a child for the Commander, the high-ranking man to whom she’s assigned (Joseph Fiennes). She is pictured here lying still on the bed behind the Commander who is adjusting his suit in the mirror.

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We discover that Offred had a husband and child who were captured trying to escape. The series follows Offred’s desperate attempt to be reunited with her daughter.

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Speaking about the 10-part series, Atwood said: “I am thrilled that MGM and Hulu are developing The Handmaid's Tale as a series, and extra thrilled that the very talented Elisabeth Moss will be playing the central character.”

The Handmaid's Tale is more relevant now than when it was written, and I am sure the series will be watched with great interest. I have read the first two scripts and they are excellent; I can hardly wait to see the finished episodes.”

You can buy the book here in Australia and here in the UK.

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