The Handmaid’s Tale, the latest live-action adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, comes to television next month. Starring Elisabeth Moss as Offred, the 10-episode series is set in a dystopian future where some women are used as brood mares for rich and powerful men. It’s a dark look at a horrifying future, and based on the Super Bowl trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s going to be incredible.
Now, a new teaser for the series has been released, and it seems fitting that we should get this glimpse into Offred’s backstory on International Women’s Day.
The teaser was posted to Hulu’s YouTube account this morning, and is titled “Her Story Is Our Story.” The video is 45 seconds long, although the clip itself only covers around 30 seconds of that time. Set to “Amazing Grace,” the teaser combines close-up shots of Offred getting dressed in her red uniform with moments of her life before becoming a Handmaid. These include her kissing a man, holding her new baby, at an aquarium, at a women’s rights protest, running with her child and husband in the woods, and finally having her child taken from her.
Fans of the book will recognize most of these scenes from the novel, so it looks like this will be quite a faithful adaptation of the original. The book takes us through Offred’s history as a free woman and a married mother, before protests and civil violence led to the new regime that turned her into a Handmaid.
It’s great to see that Hulu is (seemingly) staying very true to the original novel in this adaptation, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the other scenes from the book make it into the show. The civil unrest and the slow removal of women’s rights when this fictional regime was created is going to be especially interesting to watch, and we hope to see more of the rise of the regime in the series.
However, we still don’t know quite how much is going to make it from page to screen, and it may be difficult to include everything that readers would love to see (as is always the issue with adapting beloved books for live-action). While this teaser shows us that there will be at least some backstory in the series, it may be that very little time is given over to Offred’s history, and the majority of the show will be set in the present. We’ll certainly be interested to see what approach the series takes in April, and just how faithful The Handmaid’s Tale will be.
The Handmaid’s Tale premieres April 26th on Hulu.