Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Handmaid’s Tale Adds Samira Wiley To Cast

Photo from Den of Geek

Samira Wiley, the actor behind the much-loved character of Poussey Washington in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, has signed on to Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Wiley joins Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, who is playing the lead role of the handmaid Offred, as a friend and fellow trainee in the group of women forced into a life of sexual slavery in the dystopian, male-dominated world of Gilead.

The 10-episode drama follows a totalitarian society which has a shortage of fertile females called Gilead, which the show’s official description describes as a world “ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred 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.”

Wiley joins the cast alongside other new cast members such as Max Minghella of The Mindy Project and Ann Dowd of The Leftovers. Wiley has also been seen in Person of Interest, Law & Order: SVU, and The Catch. The Handmaid’s Tale was previously adapted to film in 1990 as was previously reported, and has also spawned a graphic novel, an opera, and a ballet.

Hulu will stream The Handmaid’s Tale sometime in 2017.

Photo and text from Den of Geek

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