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Elisabeth Moss Will Star in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Trading the Sexist Past of Mad Men for the Sexist Future of Gilead

Elisabeth Moss. Photo: Chris Weeks/Getty Images

Peggy Olson may have been the most famous Elisabeth Moss character to live in a society that devalues women, but she certainly won’t be the last — and not just because today’s world is already pretty sexist. Hulu has made a straight-to-series order for an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale with Moss set to star as Offred, the titular handmaid. Like the novel, the series will take place in a dystopian version of the United States known as Gilead. Women have been stripped of their rights and some, like Offred, are kept as concubines for a theocratic ruling class. The 100’s Bruce Miller will write and executive-produce the project, while Atwood will act as a consulting producer for the series, which is set to debut its first season in 2017. No word on who will play the Fred to Moss’s Offred — hopefully not Pete Campbell.

Elisabeth Moss to Star in Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale