Elisabeth Moss, best known for playing Peggy Olson on Mad Men, has landed the starring role on Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Elisabeth Moss In ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

It was announced Friday that Moss would play the lead of Offred in the adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s feminist novel The Handmaid’s Tale, which came out in 1985. Hulu has ordered The Handmaid’s Tale straight to series, and plans to release it sometime in 2017, reported USA Today.

The Handmaid’s Tale follows a woman named Offred, who lives in a dystopian and totalitarian society called Gilead, in which women are treated as property by the government. All of the women, stripped of all of their basic rights, are divided into subcategories, including that of handmaids. The handmaids’ primary purpose in the society is to bear children.

Bruce Miller has adapted The Handmaid’s Tale for the small screen.

Moss, who appears on HBO’s Top of the Lake, has a trio of feature films in production that are slated for 2016 releases – The Bleeder with Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman and Liev Schreiber, The Seagull with Saoirse Ronan and Corey Stoll and Mad to Be Normal with David Tennant.

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