Most of the cast of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale have been revealed by now. However, there has been a last-minute addition and it is none other than Gilmore Girl’s veteran Alexis Bledel.
Bledel’s return to the Stars Hollow with the Gilmore Girls revival received a highly positive response. But, now that Bledel is off it, she is preparing to be a part of the unpleasant Republic of Gilead.
Alexis Bledel Joins the Star Cast of The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel by Hulu. Bledel has been chosen to play Ofglen, the partner of Elisabeth Moss’s Offred. Ofglen initially appears to be a follower of the regime, but subsequently, emerges to be a subversive confidant of Offred.
Set in a dystopic Gilead, the story follows a time when the birth rate has plummeted drastically and women are treated as the property of the state. The number of fertile women is limited. In order to repopulate the state, these women are forced into sexual servitude of high-ranking officers.
Offred and Ofglen, who have been named after their masters, serve as concubines used only to bear their children. The Vulture reported that the series will follow Offred’s search for her daughter, who was taken away from her after the totalitarian regime gained control.
Apart from Moss and Alexis Bledel, Hulu’s adaptation of the novel also stars Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley, and Ann Dowd.
The Handmaid’s Tale was executive produced and created by Bruce Miller. Atwood is a consulting producer while the first three episodes will be directed by Reed Morano.
The Handmaid’s Tale, the First Role by Alexis Bledel After Gilmore Girls Revival
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life returned after a long break in November 2016. The Handmaid’s Tale is Bledel’s first TV appearance following the Gilmore Girls revival, where she played Rory. E! News reported that the Gilmore Girls had a long seven years run from 2000 to 2007. In 2009, Alexis Bledel appeared in the ER series finale. She also appeared on several episodes of Mad Men in 2012.
The announcement of the adaptation of Atwood’s novel was made way back in April 2016. However, the series is scheduled to premiere on Hulu on April 26, 2017.
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