It’s been a busy week for Samira Wiley. As she inches closer to the release of her upcoming film Nerve, word has come that the former Orange Is The New Black actress has added another role to her ever-growing acting resume.
According to Deadline, Wiley has joined the cast of Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Based on the science fiction novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, the streaming adaptation will condense Atwood’s 46-chapter novel into a 10-episode project tailor-made for a television premiere sometime in 2017.
As far as roles are concerned, Wiley will be portraying Moira, the college best friend to Offred, the lead character who is set to be portrayed by Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss. A handmaid-in-training at the Red Center who must endure strict living conditions in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic society formed in what was formerly the United States. Production on the dystopian mini-series is slated to start in Toronto this fall. Fans of Wiley will remember her from her role as Poussey Washington on Orange Is The New Black.