West Wing Actor Bradley Whitford Joins ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2

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16 Feb 18
West Wing Actor Bradley Whitford Joins 'The Handmaid’s Tale' Season 2

West Wing Actor Bradley Whitford Joins ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2

‘The West Wing’ veteran Bradley Whitford will be joining the cast of The Handmaid’s Tale for Season 2 it has been announced.

Whitford is set to play Commander Joseph Lawrence. He is the architect of Gilead’s economy, and is described as “gruff and intimidating, with a dishevelled mad genius vibe.” However, he also has a sly sense of humour with flashes of kindness that make him a confusing and mysterious presence for his newest Handmaid.

Whilst he probably is best known for playing Josh Lyman in ‘The West Wing’, Whitford has recently appeared in ‘The Post’, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘Get Out’‘Transparent’, and a whole host of other tv and film projects.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ tells the story of life in the dystopian Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state.

At the end of season 1, things did not look good for our leading handmaid Offred (Elisabeth Moss), as she is bundled into a black van, seemingly for defying Aunt Lydia’s (Ann Dowd) orders to stone a fellow handmaid to death.

Joseph Fiennes (Commander Waterford), Yvonne Strahovski (Serena Waterford), Samira Wiley (Moira), Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia), Max Minghella (Nick), Madeline Brewer (Janine/Ofwarren), O-T Fagbenle (Luke) and Amanda Brugel (Rita) are all set to return. Alexis Bledel will also be back as the rebellious Emily/Ofglen, and has been upped to series regular for this season.

Channel 4 hasn’t yet confirmed a return date for The Handmaid’s Tale‘ Season 2. However, we do know it’s back in the US on the 25th April 2018, so it’s likely that the UK premiere date won’t be too far behind.