It was just announced that Alexis Bledel will be starring in Hulu’s upcoming series, The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. Alexis has called the role “an absolute dream role,” which is saying a lot. It takes the right role to draw Alexis into any project! Here is the trailer for the new series, which as you can see will be quite a powerful story:
Alexis Bledel will star opposite Elisabeth Moss in the 10-episode series, along with Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley and Yvonne Strahovski. The series will debut for its first season on Hulu on April 26, 2017. For an overview of the storyline, which includes a complicated political structure of a dystopian future, this video gives you the easiest summary:
In the story, the United States is now the Republic of Gilead, a fundamentalist theocracy where individuals are segregated by categories and widespread infertility turn women into property, there to serve men and make babies. There are further classes of women, broken down into legitimate and illegitimate classes, like those who are infertile or are dissidents of some kind. Sounds fun, hey?
Alexis Bledel stars in the series as Ofglen, a handmaid and companion who “seems like a pious rule-follower, loyal to the oppressive Gilead system, but she turns out to be daring and subversive.” Ofglen is partnered with Offred (played by Elisabeth Moss) to do the daily shopping. There are some interesting plot points about Ofglen, so I’m curious to see if they play out in the tv series.
Alexis notes of her character:
“She is broken down in many ways but the person she once was is still underneath and comes out at times. She’s always paying attention to everything. She’s essentially a spy in many ways. She is gathering information from everyone she comes into contact with.”
This new series is a far cry from Gilmore Girls, as Alexis herself notes:
“Stars Hollow could be described as a utopia and this is a dystopia. The only similarity there is that there are two very distinctly drawn worlds, very rich with great characters and full of details that you don’t always get. You don’t always get the privilege as an actor to work in a world that been imagined for you for such a great extent with such richness. I’ve been spoiled on both counts.”