The Handmaid’s Tale has found its commander. Joseph Fiennes (Risen, Shakespeare in Love) is joining Hulu’s adaptation of the acclaimed Margaret Atwood novel, the network announced on Tuesday. He will play Commander Fred Waterford alongside Elisabeth Moss, who stars as the protagonist Offred.
Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, and Ann Dowd are also part of the cast.
Set in a dystopian future, The Handmaid’s Tale follows the adventures of Offred. As one of the last remaining fertile women in the totalitarian society of Gilead, Offred is forced to be a sexual slave, or “handmaid,” to the Commanders of Gilead. Surrounded by oppressors and spies, Offred only wants to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her. A haunting sci-fi look at a perilous future for gender relations, The Handmaid’s Tale is often regarded as Atwood’s masterpiece. The novelist herself is serving as a consulting producer on the series.
The Handmaid’s Tale will be a 10-episode series, set to begin production in Toronto this fall, with a premiere on Hulu slated for sometime in 2017.