Airing this October on HBO, the American drama “The Handmaiden’s Tale” stars Krysten Ritter, Allison Janney, David Harewood, and Michael Shannon.
It’s based on a short story by Margaret Atwood, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
“The story is a tale of women in a world where the women are the slaves and the men are the owners,” reads the synopsis on HBO.
“It’s about a young woman named Samantha, who lives in a small New England town, a place where women are considered the property of men.”
Ritter is a regular on HBO’s hit comedy “Silicon Valley,” which was renewed for a second season in March 2019.
It stars Judd Apatow, and has a new season planned for next year.
“Silicone Valley” was also renewed for its second season.
The new show is based on the best-selling novel by Charles Stross.
“I’m so thrilled to have a chance to bring this story to the screen,” Ritter said in a statement.
“There are so many great writers out there who would love to tell this story.
It would be so easy to tell a story about the struggle of being a woman in a place like New England.”
Ritchie, whose film credits include “A Walk on the Wild Side” and “Thelma and Louise,” is best known for her role on the TV show “The Americans,” which aired from 1996 to 1999.
In 2017, she was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of the lead role in “The Last Samurai,” a series starring Japanese actor Toshio Suzuki.