The Handmaid's Tale Trailer: 'So Many Things Are Forbidden Now'

Hulu is getting lots of buzz for its upcoming adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, and the first trailer shows why, promising a dark, dystopian drama with plenty of star power.

In the 30-second trailer — which you can watch above — a raspy-voiced Offred (Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss) says ominously, “I had another name… but it’s forbidden now. So many things are forbidden now.” Based on the Margaret Atwood novel, The Handmaid’s Tale imagines a world ruled by a militant theocracy, where women’s rights have been severely reduced and certain women (“handmaids”) serve as reproductive vessels for the ruling class.

We see Ann Dowd (The Leftovers) as Aunt Lydia, giving new handmaids an orientation — “I know this must seem very strange… but ‘ordinary’ is just what you’re used to” — along with a shot of Orange Is the New Black‘s Samira Wiley dressed in the same handmaid garb as Offred.

Other images that flash by in the trailer:

* Gilmore Girls‘ Alexis Bledel being gagged and led away by two strong men.

* Offred getting brutally slapped by another woman. (Possibly Aunt Lydia?)

* Moss’ Offred leaving us with some defiant final words: “My name is Offred… and I intend to survive.”

Can’t wait to see more? You’ll get your chance when The Handmaid’s Tale premieres Wednesday, April 26 on Hulu.

Press PLAY on the video above to watch the trailer, then hit the comments to give us your first impressions.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Temperance says:

    It’s an extremely timely piece… a warning of what may be coming.

    • rob horine says:

      Or how it is for women in islamic countries right now.

      Don’t lump America in with t hat. We are not, nor never will be a theocracy. You need to read your constitution, darlin’.

      • Patrick says:

        There are plenty of folks in the USA that would love for the USA to be a militant Christian Theocracy. Don’t kid yourself.

      • Annie Sisk says:

        You need to pay more attention to the people you vote for, sweetums. Trump and Pence – especially Pence – would love nothing more than to turn this country into a theocracy.

        And don’t go around calling other commenters “Darlin’.” It’s ridiculous, gross, and insulting. And stupid.

        • Eurydice says:

          Any guy who’s been married as many times as Trump isn’t interested in theocracy.

          • Annie Sisk says:

            Ha, no – but only because he thinks it’s in HIS best interests. In Trumpelthinskin’s case, it’s got nothing to do with any serious, sincere religious belief, I grant you, but he DOES think it’ll pay dividends, so he’s happy to pretend.

      • James says:

        But is the United States a country?

  2. Sarah94 says:

    Seems like a very disturbing story, I never read the book but this caught my attention.

    • Annie Sisk says:

      You should definitely read the book, too. Margaret Atwood is a commanding, fierce, and insanely talented writer.
      Just wish this didn’t seem quite so much like a “how-to” manual for the far right misogynists these days. But from all appearances it does seem to be an excellent adaption – far superior to the Natasha Richardson film version.

  3. Dannie C says:


  4. Joey Padron says:

    The trailer for the show looks pretty good. I’ll check out the first episode.