Earlier in the year we brought you the news that The Handmaid’s Tale was getting a new 10-episode adaptation on streaming channel Hulu. Further to leading lady Elisabeth Moss being cast, news has arrived that Max Minghella and Ann Dowd are set to join her in the series.
Max Minghella will be familiar to fans of The Mindy Project where he plays the role of Richie. Ann Dowd, who plays Patti in The Leftovers has been cast as Aunt Lydia in the new television adaptation.
For those not familiar with Margaret Atwood’s bestselling book, The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian story whereupon fertile women are forced into sexual servitude to help repopulate the colony of Gilead after a nuclear fall out. Elisabeth Olsen plays Offred. She is the narrator and heroine of the story. The story explains the twisted moral view of this New World Order and how she attempts to break free.
Minghella’s role in the story is Nick Blaine, who is the driver for the Elite Commander Waterford. Offred is Waterford’s concubine. Nick’s role in the story is quite pivotal for the main character, but she is never sure whether his motives are true or if he works for the secret police.
Dowd’s Aunt Lydia is the woman responsible for training the red gowned Handmaids for their lives as child bearing sex slaves.
The Handmaid’s Tale has previously been adapted for the big screen back in 1990 starring the late Natasha Richardson, Aidan Quinn and Robert Duvall.
The series is set to be directed by Reed Morano and the screenplay is being adapted by Illene Chaiken and Bruce Miller.
The series is currently in pre-production but as yet no dates on when filming will commence. It is scheduled to be released sometime in 2017.