If there was any doubt that Elisabeth Moss had a long, fruitful career beyond her extraordinary work as Peggy on Mad Men, they should have been extinguished by now. Even when the show was still on, she had a great sense for material, from Jane Campion‘s sublime Kiwi crime epic Top of the Lake to her two master-class performances for Alex Ross Perry in Queen of Earth and Listen Up Philip. Since, she’s booked a second season of Top of the Lake and she will star alongside Dominic West in The Square, Ruben Östlund‘s follow-up to his beloved Force Majeure.
Most important, however, is her return to television. Well, streaming, actually: she is currently filming Hulu’s ambitious adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s classic The Handmaiden’s Tale, a blazingly furious and alarmingly timely tale of women’s sublimation by a dystopian misogynist society. Check out the synopsis below for more details or, better yet, pick up the book; it remains a stunningly moving and engrossing read from beginning to end. And while you wait for the series to premiere this coming April, you can check out the first four images from the series below, featuring Moss and co-star Joseph Fiennes in the most important supporting role, that of The Commander.
Here are the first images from The Handmaiden’s Tale:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Handmaiden’s Tale:
The drama series, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.