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.