Why is something like ‘Black Mirror’ so deeply unsettling to viewers? Because all the fucked up stuff that goes down is totally within the realms of possibility. 

Ditto Hulu‘s upcoming adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s dystopian thriller ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘, set in a near-future totalitarian nation called Gilead (meant to be the former United States, ahem) where women are treated as property of the state.

Much of the female population is infertile, largely due to the contaminated planet, and fertile women serve as Handmaids whose sole job is to bear children for married couples who can’t conceive themselves.

The v. brilliant Elisabeth Moss plays Offred, who’s separated from her own husband and child to become a Handmaid and fights for her freedom alongside Alexis Bledel and the rest of the series’ A+ cast.

If you, like me, were nervous about the prospect of Hulu butchering such a classic, fear not: Atwood, who wrote her bestseller back in 1985, has nothin’ but high praise for the adaptation.

“Based on what I’ve seen, it’s a 10,” she said during a recent Reddit AMA. “My criteria: puddle of goo on the floor [by the] end of episode 3. Gasp. Shriek. It goes farther than I did in the book…” 

Without further ado, here’s your first loooooong peek: 

The 10-ep series premieres in the US on April 26 and there’s still no word on an Aussie release date, but we’ve got everything crossed.

Source and photo: Hulu.