Alexis Bledel has been upped to a series regular for The Handmaid’s Tale season two
Having officially appeared only in a guest-star capacity for season one, Alexis Bledel is being upped to a series regular for Hulu‘s The Handmaid’s Tale season two. The 13-episode second season is scheduled to go back into production this fall and will premiere in 2018.
Based on the novel by best-selling author Margaret Atwood, the drama series stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred, Joseph Fiennes as The Commander, Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy, Samira Wiley as Moira, Alexis Bledel as Ofglen, Max Minghella as Nick, Madeline Brewer as Janine, Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia, and O-T Fagbenle as Luke.
The drama series is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
Season one of The Handmaid’s Tale became the most-viewed premiere of any series – original or acquired – on Hulu in its first week.
The Handmaid’s Tale was created for television by Bruce Miller (The 100) who serves as the series’ showrunner. Executive Producers are Miller, Warren Littlefield (Fargo), Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Illene Chaiken. The Handmaid’s Tale is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.