The new Netflix series The Handmaid’s Tale is a new adaptation of the novel by Margaret Atwood.
It’s the first major Netflix original series to be produced by Atwood, who is the author of the best-selling novels The Handmaiden and The Hand of God.
The Handmaids Tale follows a dystopian America where women are enslaved and women are ruled by men.
The story centers on a group of women who are forced to live in a society controlled by a male majority.
The show was originally conceived as a short film before being greenlit for the full-length series.
Netflix and Atwood decided to bring the story to life by casting a slew of different actresses to play the roles.
The cast includes Melissa McCarthy as Handmaid, Amy Adams as Sarah, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig as Handmaids, and Tilda Swinton as a Handmaid herself.
In addition to McCarthy and Adams, the cast also includes Halle Berry, Sarah Paulson, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Mindy Kaling.
The series is being produced by Universal Television and Netflix.