The Handmaid’s Tale Finally Has a Teaser Trailer


The more that Hulu reveals about The Handmaid’s Tale, the more it looks like an excellent adaptation of the novel. This new teaser trailer is in line with that trend.

Now that the new year has arrived, Hulu appears to be ramping up promotion and attention for its upcoming adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Just last week, they dropped the news that Alexis Bledel actually plays a major role after mostly keeping things to a few photos here and there.

Not satisfied with dropping that reveal, however, the streaming service has followed it up with a first-look teaser. That’s right. It’s not another set of photos. It’s actual video, although it lasts just 30 seconds.

Check it out below. (We tip our hats to Entertainment Weekly.)

Interestingly, it looks like we’ll also get a really good idea of the transition to the Republic of Gilead, the state Offred (Elisabeth Moss) lives in as a handmaid. It also looks like we’ll be able to tell past from present based on Offred’s hair color — she appears to be blonde during the transition period, but dark-haired in the present of the series, from what we can see beneath her bonnet. In other words, there is no hair dye in Gilead.

Also of interest are the lines spoken by Offred. “I had another name, but it’s forbidden now. So many things are forbidden now…My name is Offred, and I intend to survive,” she says in voiceover. The other person speaking is Aunt Lydia, a woman who works in the re-education (or, to use a better term, indoctrination) of handmaids. If the images of children and hospital baby beds didn’t tip you off, handmaids like Offred are meant to have kids for officers in the republic.

Bledel plays Ofglen, a fellow handmaid. Joseph Fiennes plays the Commander, Offred’s current assignment. Yvonne Strahovski plays Serena Joy, the Commander’s Wife. Samira Wiley plays Moira, an old friend of Offred’s.

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The Handmaid’s Tale premiers Apr. 26, and is based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.