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Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' Adds Madeline Brewer (Exclusive)
Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale is adding to its cast.
Hemlock Grove alum Madeline Brewer has joined the cast of the streaming service's take on Margaret Atwood's book of the same name, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Picked up straight to series, the 10-episode drama stars Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss and tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (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. She is forced to navigate between commanders, their cruel wives, domestic "Marthas" (servants) and her fellow handmaids — where anyone could be a spy for Gilead — all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter who was taken from her.
Brewer will play Janine, a ballsy fellow handmaid Offred meets in the Red Center who, after a torturous punishment, begins losing her grasp on reality.
Bruce Miller (The 100) penned the script for the MGM TV entry and will executive produce alongside Daniel Wilson (feature film The Handmaid's Tale), Fran Sears (The Sophisticated Gents) and Warren Littlefield (Fargo). Ilene Chaiken (Empire, The L Word) will also exec produce. Atwood is on board as a consulting producer on the property, which was adapted as a feature film in 1990 starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall. The Hulu drama will premiere in 2017 with production starting in the fall in Toronto. The cast includes Orange Is the New Black's Samira Wiley, Max Minghella and Ann Dowd.
Brewer's credits include Netflix's Hemlock Grove, Orange Is the New Black — opposite Wiley — Black Mirror, The Deleted and Flesh and Blood. Brewer is repped by Inphenate and Schreck Rose.