Fresh from the successful reboot of “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix, actress Alexis Bledel has signed to appear in a series on a rival video-streaming network. Beginning April 26, Bledel fans will be able to see her in a different type of role when “The Handmaid’s Tale” debuts on Hulu. She will play the character of Ofglen. The announcement was made Thursday on Twitter by the show’s publicists.

Margaret Atwood novel

The Hulu series is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel about rebels who have overthrown the United States Government and installed a theocratic dictatorship.

The handmaids are women who are kept in custody by the regime for reproductive purposes. Alexis’ character is a handmaid who assists another handmaid, Offred. Her duties includes that of a shopping assistant and a person who generally polices other handmaiden’s behavior.

Elisabeth Moss stars

Offred will be played by Elisabeth Moss, a veteran of such television programs as “Mad Men” and “The West Wing.” Moss also won critical and fan acclaim with her portrayal of Polly in the 1999 movie, “Girl, Interrupted.” Her performances have earned several major nominations and awards, including the 2014 the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, for her role as Robin in “Top of the Lake.”

‘Dexter’ veteran has role

Also in the cast is Yvonne Strahovski, who will play Serena Joy.

She won the 2013 Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television for her role as Hannah McKay in the Showtime Networks production of “Dexter.”

Bledel’s career

A former child model who appeared in smaller plays, Bledel immediately gained millions of fans in 2000 when she began her portrayal of Rory Gilmore on “Gilmore Girls.” The series ran until 2007 and was brought back in 2016 with the title “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” While the reboot ended with what some considered a cliff-hanger, it is unknown whether “Gilmore Girls” will be back for another season. Among her others roles are Lena Kaligaris in “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and a sequel; three appearances as Beth Dawes on “Mad Men,” and as Stacey on the TV series “Us & Them” on CBS.

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