Yvonne Strahovski has joined the cast of Hulu’s 10-episode series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” produced by MGM Television, which got a straight to series order in April.
The series will begin principal photography in Toronto this fall and premiere on Hulu in 2017.
The story is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society formerly part of the United States, plagued by environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, that treats women as property of the state.
Strahovski will play Serena Joy, the wife of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and the head of the household staff. Elizabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) stars as Offred, one of the few remaining fertile women, a handmaid in the Commander’s household, forced into sexual servitude as a last-ditch attempt to repopulate the world.
The series is created and written by Bruce Miller, who will also executive produce along with Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Ilene Chaiken. Reed Morano will direct and executive produce the first three episodes. Atwood is a consulting producer for the series.
A native of Australia, Strahovski, 34, is best known for her roles on the TV series “Chuck,” “Dexter,” “24: Live Another Day” and “The Astronaut Wives Club.” Currently filming her starring role in director Dennis Iliadis’ Screen Gems’ thriller “He’s Out There,” she’ll next be seen in director Marc Forster’s drama “All I See is You,” co-starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke, which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
A big screen adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was released in 1990. Scripted by acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter (“The Birthday Party”) and directed by Volker Schlöndorff (“The Tin Drum”), it starred Nathasha Richardson as Offred, Fay Dunaway as Serena Joy and Robert Duvall as the Commander.