‘Orange Is the New Black’s’ Samira Wiley to Star in Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Photo by Jaguar PS via Passport Magazine

Photo by Jaguar PS via Passport Magazine

Step aside, Netflix, Orange is the New Black–star Samira Wiley is making the move to Hulu for a new original series.

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” a new series based on Margaret Atwood’s critically-acclaimed dystopian novel of the same name, will star “Mad Men” actress Elisabeth Moss as Offred, a handmaid kept for “reproductive purposes” in a fictional United States upturned by the oppressive, militarized regime of a male-dominated ruling upper class, Hulu and MGM Television announced on Monday.

Wiley rounds out the cast as Moira, Offred’s college friend, a fellow handmaiden and lesbian, who struggles under varyingly awful degrees of internment. The role could very well yield a capstone performance to the actress’ growing repertoire, which includes a three-season run as Poussey Washington on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” as a quick fan favorite.

Atwood will come aboard “The Handmaid’s Tale” as a consulting producer, while writer Bruce Miller, best known for TV series’ like “Medium” and “ER,” will helm the project as its executive producer.

A ten-episode run is ordered to begin shooting in Toronto this fall. “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere on Hulu in 2017.

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