Margaret Atwood’s Star Turn
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 25: (L-R) Actor Elisabeth Moss, author Margaret Atwood and actor Samira Wiley attend the premiere of Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on April 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
To say our very own Margaret Atwood is having a moment is an understatement.
While the author has long been one of our most respected cultural exports, in today’s mash-up of platinum television meets gutter politics, Atwood’s work is seen as downright prophetic. In her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, a totalitarian society has overthrown the American government and taken away women’s rights, a new class of women are kept for reproductive purposes—handmaids—in sexual servitude.
The novel was adapted for the big screen by Harold Pinter in 1990 but its latest incarnation as a 10-episode limited television series is generating buzz in Hollywood and beyond. Atwood served as consulting producer on the Hulu production, an American streaming service, the series begins airing on Bravo with a two-hour premiere April 30.