Samira Wiley has signed on for a new project following her exit from Netflix cult series Orange is the New Black.
They days of Poussey Washington may be in the past, but Wiley will soon be back on the small screen in a new regular role.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, she is set to co-star alongside Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss in Hulu’s new series The Handmaid’s Tale.
The 10-episode drama is based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of the same name, telling the story of life in Gilead, a totalitarian society in the former United States.
Amidst rapidly decreasing birth rates, women are treated as state property, and the few women who remained fertile – called handmaids – are forced into sexual slavery in an attempt to keep humanity alive.
Moss is taking on the role of Offred, a handmaid serving the commander and his wife; searching for her lost daughter, she is navigating a society where everyone could be a spy, even people you consider friends.
Wiley will play her best friend Moira; a fellow handmaid-in-training, she’s known Offred since before Gilead and even afterwards remains an active feminist.
The Handmaid’s Tale is written by The 100’s Bruce Miller, who is also the executive producer alongside Daniel Wilson, who already produced the feature film adaption of Atwood’s novel, Fran Sears and Fargo’s Warren Littlefield.
Hulu have announced the premiere for 2017.
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