Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) has joined the cast of Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale alongside Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men). The 10 episode series is based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, and is scheduled to debut this fall.

The series tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Moss) is a handmaid in the commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world.

Wiley will play Moira, the college best friend of Offred, and her fellow handmaid-in-training at the Red Center. She’s also her link to life before the totalitarian society Gilead.  The cast also includes Max Minghella and Ann Dowd (The Leftovers’).

Bruce Miller is the creator and writer of the series and will executive produce alongside Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Ilene Chaiken.

Wiley is originally from Washington DC, and graduated from the Julliard School.  Her first major acting role was in 2011 in the comedic feature film The Sitter, and between seasons of OITNB, she filed independent film, Rob the Mob, directed by Raymond De Felitta.  She recently joined season three of Stephen Falk’s FX comedy You’re the Worst, and can be seen next in the Lionsgate feature thriller Nerve starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco.



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