THE trailer has finally arrived for the hugely anticipated second season of multi-award winning series The Handmaid’s Tale.
Ahead of the show’s premiere on April 25, Hulu have released a dramatic teaser featuring the show’s stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski, among others, in a soul-stirring montage that leaves a lot to the imagination.
The terrifying dystopian themed show, which is based on the classic Margaret Atwood book of the same name from 1985, just won a string of awards at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.
It tells the story of an alternative reality in which the US is rocked by civil war and women lose their civil rights in the Gilead state.
Moss’ character, Offred, is a breeder who is forced to have sex with Gilead leaders in an effort to conceive at a time when most women have become infertile.
Season one ends on a cliffhanger with Offred becoming pregnant and facing discipline for defying Gilead rules.
Moss said she and series creator/executive producer Bruce Miller often discussed “this child growing inside her as a bit of a ticking time bomb,” one destined to be born in tragic circumstances.
“When she does have the baby, the baby gets taken away from her. She can’t be its mother,” Moss told TV critics.
“It makes for good drama.”
Season two also visits the colonies that are mentioned in Atwood’s 1985 book but not depicted, executive producer Warren Littlefield said.
A bigger production budget helped the series venture afield.
MGM Television and Hulu “embraced that we were ambitious. We’re still in a world of television, it’s a pretty controlled budget,” Littlefield said.
He didn’t offer specific figures.
Broadening the story doesn’t mean the series will desert its source material, Miller said.
“I don’t think anything we do is post-Atwood,” he said.
“It’s an expansion of that world. I certainly don’t think we’re going beyond the story that she was telling. She remains the mother of the series.”
The Handmaid’s Tale is a landmark program for relatively new Hulu, drawing critical acclaim, an armload of 2017 Emmys and, earlier this month, a best series Golden Globe and best-actor trophy for Moss.
Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei guest stars in episode two, the producers said.
They were effusive with praise for Moss when asked why the former Mad Men star was right for the role of Offred.