Elisabeth Moss is starring in “The Handmaid’s Tale” and it’s perfect casting

We’ve loved Elisabeth Moss since her noteworthy turn as President Bartlet’s daughter Zoey on The West Wing. But for most fans, Moss is best known for her portrayal of badass Peggy Olson on Mad Men or, more recently, as Detective Robin Griffin in the incredibly shot and Jane Campion-directed Sundance miniseries Top of the Lake.


Suffice it to say, Moss excels at playing complex, powerful women — and so we were more than thrilled when the news broke that she will star in the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed dystopian (not to mention feminist!) novel The Handmaid’s Tale.

Moss is one of the few actresses who can do the role of the novel’s protagonist, Offred, justice. The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the near future, where a totalitarian theocracy has overthrown the United States government and women are forced to serve as concubines to bear the progeny of the elite. The novel explores themes of female subjugation and the various means in which a woman can gain agency. It’s amazing, and a must read for any woman.

Atwood said in a statement:

Neither can we.

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