“Gilmore Girls” actress Alexis Bledel has booked a major role in Hulu’s upcoming ten-episode straight to series adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
Based on the book by award-winning Canadian author Margaret Atwood, the series takes place in Gilead, a futuristic but simplified world in which fertility issues abound and women’s rights are a thing of the past.
In order to keep the population up, government officials in a totalitarian society send young and fertile women — the “handmaids” — to affluent families, where they are forced to help couples procreate via sexual servitude.
Bledel will portray Ofglen, the handmaid paired with lead character Offred (Elisabeth Moss) for town errands. She eventually becomes an important character to the underground resistance and a confidant of sorts for Offred.
Bledel filmed alongside the rest of the cast during production in and around Toronto in late 2016, but her commitment to Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” meant Hulu could not announce her participation until her contract expired.
Bledel will appear in more than half of the episodes with an option to return in the yet-to-be announced second season. Bledel’s recurring status also leaves the door open should Netflix and Warner Bros. Television choose to produce more “Gilmore Girls”.