Margaret Atwood fans, rejoice! According to the Hollywood Reporter, Elisabeth Moss will star in a made-for-Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopic novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The ten-episode series is scheduled to air in 2017; Atwood will serve as a consulting producer, and the script was written by The 100's Bruce Miller, who undoubtedly has some experience writing women into a post-apocalyptic universe.
Moss seems like one of the few actresses who could handle the nuanced role of Offred, the novel’s protagonist who, in a totalitarian future where fertility has been practically destroyed by environmental destruction, is forced to bear children for the powerful and elite. Offred’s narrative, both elusive and partial, is a nuanced and difficult account of power structures—a kind of narrative that Moss is intimately familiar with. Her turn on Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake (which is also scheduled to return in 2017) certainly showed her ability to interpret scripts that purposefully inhabit the uncanny landscape of abstraction, gender, and violence.