Coming off reprising her starring role in the Gilmore Girls movies for Netflix, Alexis Bledel has signed to recur on the upcoming Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, from MGM Television and writer Bruce Miller.
The drama series, based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what formerly was part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world.
Bledel will play Ofglen, Offred’s companion and fellow Handmaid. At first, Ofglen seems like a pious rule-follower, loyal to the oppressive Gilead system, but she turns out to be daring and subversive.