Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Adds Alexis Bledel to the Cast


With just a few months left until The Handmaid’s Tale hits Hulu, the service has dropped another casting announcement: Alexis Bledel.

Although The Handmaid’s Tale should not have become as relevant as it is now, at least per its star Elisabeth Moss, Hulu’s adaptation of the novel certainly should be based on its strong cast alone. Entertainment Weekly reports that the show also features Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls fame.

Per EW, she’ll play the role of Ofglen, a fellow handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. Offred, Moss’ character, and Ofglen have to walk together to run errands for their respective households. You see, handmaids do not go anywhere alone. Besides, the two of them may very well have to inform on the other at some point. (For those wondering what really happens, may we recommend the novel?)

Bledel joins the already-announced Moss, Joseph Fiennes as the Commander, Samira Wiley as Moira, and Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy. The five of them have wide-ranging credits from Orange is the New Black to Dexter to American Horror Story to a little show called Mad Men.

In The Handmaid’s Tale, handmaids do not have any role in society other than to bear children for the men they are assigned to. Offred and Ofglen’s names even refer literally to their current assignments. They wear specific items of clothing to identify themselves and must go through monthly rituals that involve both a man’s wife and the current handmaid.

With this announcement, Hulu has basically filled out its cast of both major and minor characters. Right now, all that’s left to do is wait for the series. However, all of the photos and recent interviews suggest that the adaptation is quite faithful. Margaret Atwood, author of the novel, also consulted on this project.

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The Handmaid’s Tale will premiere on Hulu on April 26.