Watch: The Handmaid's Tale trailer brings alive Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian tale

The trailer of The Handmaid's Tale gives a glimpse of the dystopian world where women are forced to bear children.

FP Staff March 24, 2017 12:26:57 IST
Watch: The Handmaid's Tale trailer brings alive Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian tale

The trailer of The Handmaid's Tale, a TV series about a dystopian world will give you goosebumps. It explores the lives of women in a totalitarian society, who are forced to bear children and how they finally overcome the same system.

Watch The Handmaids Tale trailer brings alive Margaret Atwoods classic dystopian tale

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The trailer opens with the image of a woman sitting in a bedroom, bathing in sunlight.  The scene shifts to what seems to be a courtroom, where a man is standing in front of a jury.

We see shots of women who were participating in a protest fleeing from armed policemen.

Next, these women lose their jobs and their bank accounts have also been locked down, because they must serve another cause which is imposed on them. The protagonist tries running away with her husband and child but they are nabbed by the police. Her child is taken away and she is put into a colony.

We are given a glimpse of a dystopian world where these women have been put into. They are forced to wear red dresses and white head-cloths, and are now called handmaids. "You girls will serve the leaders and their barren wives. You will bear children," one of the senior handmaids says.

The trailer includes some horrific shots, such as the one where a barren wife holds a handmaid down while her husband impregnates her, and the one where a handmaid must clean up toxic waste. But there is also a sense of rebellion; the protagonist mouths the words, "Blessed are the meek," and challenges the brainwashing that the senior handmaid has put all the women through.

This TV series is based on Margaret Atwood's book The Handmaid's Tale written in 1985, for which she was nominated for a Booker prize. It premiers on April 26.

Directed by Bruce Miller, The Handmaid's Tale stars Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski in lead roles.

Watch the trailer here:

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