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The Handmaid's Tale - Alexis Bledel Joins Hulu Series

Gilmore Girls grad Alexis Bledel has booked a major role in Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Picked up straight to series, the 10-episode drama stars Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss and is based on the book by award-winning Canadian author Margaret Atwood. The series takes place in Gilead, a futuristic but simplified world in which fertility issues abound and women's rights are a thing of the past. In order to keep the population up, government officials in a totalitarian society send young and fertile women — the "handmaids" — to affluent families where they are forced to help couples procreate via sexual servitude. Get a first look at Bledel in Handmaid's Tale, above.

Bledel will portray Ofglen, the handmaid paired with Offred (Moss) for town errands. She eventually becomes an important character to the underground resistance and a confidant of sorts for Offred. At first, Ofglen seems like a pious rule-follower, loyal to the oppressive Gilead system, but she turns out to be daring and subversive.

Although Bledel filmed alongside the rest of the cast during production in and around Toronto in late 2016, her commitment to Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life meant Hulu could not announce her participation until her contract expired. She will appear in more than half of the episodes with an option to return in the yet-to-be announced second season.

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