Joseph Fiennes Joins Hulu’s “Handmaid’s Tale”

Joseph Fiennes has been cast as the male lead opposite Elisabeth Moss in the ten-episode TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale” at Hulu and MGM Television.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 bestselling novel, Moss will play a one of the caste of Handmaids who are forced into sexual servitude by the male-dominated Gilead totalitarian regime as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world.

Fiennes will play Commander Fred Waterford, founding father of Gilead and powerful, high-ranking official. Commander Waterford rules the household where Offred (Moss) is a handmaid.

Bruce Miller (“The 100”) will create, pen and executive produce the project alongside Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Warren Littlefield. The first season will go into production this Fall in Toronto and debut on Hulu in 2017.

Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway and Aidan Quinn starred in a previous film adaptation in 1990.

Source: Deadline