Season 4 of the hit dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is adding actor Mckenna Grace to the cast. Grace is set to star as the teenage wife of a much older Commander within Gilead, the nightmarish authoritarian future state America morphs into after being taken over by religious fundamentalists.
The news was announced last Thursday, with Grace said to be playing the “sharply intelligent” Mrs. Keyes. Her character is also described as someone who “rules her farm and household with confidence. She has a rebellious, subversive streak, and is calm and pious on the outside with turmoil, even insanity, on the inside.”
Production of the series’ fourth season, due to stream on the platform Hulu, came to a halt in mid-March due to Covid-19. Filming resumed in Toronto at the beginning of September.
Elisabeth Moss, who plays female lead June Osborn, posted on Instagram when production closed: “This show is my life аnd this cаst аnd crew is my fаmily. Nothing is more importаnt thаn mаking sure they аnd everyone аround them is sаfe.
“We hope to be bаck in production аs soon аs it’s sаfe to do so. In the meаntime stаy sаfe аnd heаlthy аnd tаke cаre of yourselves. So much love from our fаmily to yours.”
Series 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale drew heavily on Atwood’s short and concise novel of the same name, but later series have drawn on new storylines, complemented by Atwood’s award-winning follow-up from 2019, The Testaments.
The show, often violent and gritty in parts, has received commercial and critical acclaim for its prescient and astute story-telling and all-star cast, including The West Wing’s Bradley Whitford and Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley from Orange is the New Black, and Alexis Bledel from Gilmore Girls.
Mckenna Grace has previously starred in Fuller House, Young Sheldon, Designated Survivor, Once Upon a Time, The Haunting of Hill House and The Young and the Restless.
She shared news of her new role in The Hаndmаid’s Tаle with the Instagram message: “Blessed be the fruit.” One fan responded with “May the Lord open.”
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