Get Out and The West Wing actor Bradley Whitford has joined the cast of The Handmaid’s Tale season 2. The dystopian drama starring Elisabeth Moss returns to Hulu in April. Season 1 received critical acclaim, winning both the Golden Globe and the Primetime Emmy for Best Drama Series. Moss too picked up a Globe and an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in Gilead, a near-future iteration of America dominated by religious zealots. In a world of declining birth rates, fertile women become the property of powerful men for the purposes of breeding. Moss plays one such handmaid, a rebellious woman named Offred, whose real name we later learn is June. Season 1 ended with a pregnant June’s future up in the air after a final act of rebellion. A recent season 2 trailer promised more misery – and also more glimmers of resistance – for June and the other women of Gilead.
As reported by Deadline, actor Bradley Whitford has jumped aboard the highly anticipated second season of The Handmaid’s Tale. Whitford plays Commander Joseph Lawrence, described as a “disheveled mad genius” who masterminds Gilead’s economy. Lawrence becomes a “confusing presence” for his newest handmaid due to his “sly humor and flashes of kindness.”
Whitford’s ability to combine a warm presence with underlying menace seemingly will come into play in his new role. Whitford of course played a similar seemingly kindly but actually awful rich white guy in last year’s horror smash Get Out. Apparently, Bradley Whitford has decided to commit to playing villainous white men who come across cool.
Based on the description of Whitford’s character, it’s a fair assumption that June ends up in Lawrence’s house as his “newest handmaid” at some point in season 2. Season 1 saw Joseph Fiennes’ Commander Waterford character playing lots of psychological games with June, and it sounds like Lawrence also enjoys such pastimes. As we recall, season 1 ended with Nick telling June to just trust him right before she was whisked away in a van. Putting two and two together, it seems Nick probably knows Lawrence and may be working for him. But will June be any better off with Lawrence than she was with Waterford and his crazy wife Serena Joy? The fact that June is carrying Nick’s baby only complicates matters for her. It seems unlikely that Waterford and Serena Joy are just going to sit still and accept June’s disappearance.
The Handmaid’s Tale returns to Hulu with two new episodes on April 25th, 2018.
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