Just a week after premiering, "The Handmaid's Tale" has won a second season from Hulu, which also is bringing aboard Alec Baldwin for an upcoming drama series about events that led to the 9/11 attacks. The novel itself is critically acclaimed, but good source material doesn't always result in a good adaptation (see: the 1990 movie adaptation of the same novel).
"The Handmaid's Tale" will continue in 2018. The characters of The Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) were made much younger, closer to protagonist Offred's (Elisabeth Moss) age.
After being banished to her room for weeks because she failed to get pregnant, Offred stumbles upon a phrase inscribed inside her closet door - a remnant from the woman who lived there before her: "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum", which translates to "Don't let the bastards grind you down". However, unlike the book, which is limited by the constraints of Offred's first person narration, the show moves beyond what Offred can see to delve deeper into the trappings of Gilead.
"The cast is wonderful and particularly of interest is that a lot of them are cast counter-type, like it's not the kind of role they usually play, " said Atwood. Instead, everything is interpreted through glances and movements.
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While this is the first official announcement in regard to Season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale, those involved were quietly optimistic during questioning at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. Moss's constant hesitation as she carefully measures every word she says makes the viewer just as fearful as she is. She does the daily grocery shopping with Ofglen (Alexis Bledel), the handmaid down the street, both wearing the garb that befits their station: red cloaks and white, nun-like hats that shield their faces, clearly advertising to the world their place in it. "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum", released yesterday on the VOD platform, tells us more about the world today, but also about the inexorable fall of society and the deprivation of rights that accompanied it. Sarah Silverman closed out the morning by promoting her new show I Love You, America by noting, "we did the research".
The 40 feet long by 12 feet high installation is designed as an accordion-shaped library, featuring the faceless red silhouette of Offred, the protagonist, with white caps topping each panel, which is how the novel illustrates the oppressive attire imposed on women at that time.
A large goal of Hulu's is to, as THR puts it, "to break out from the arts and entertainment pages and into the culture pages", which is something that a show like The Handmaid's Tale definitely does, what with the constant thinkpieces on how sadly relevant it is.