The TV adaptation of Atwood’s classic 1985 novel premiered in April 2017, with the second season expected next month.
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian future and stars Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and Samira Wiley (Orange Is The New Black). It was created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller.
Following an overthrow of congress by Christian fundamentalists, the United States has become a military dictatorship known as Gilead. Due to widespread sterility, fertile women have been forced into surrogacy for the ruling class. Others attempt to escape north to Canada.
Speaking last summer, Atwood raised the idea of fellow Canadian Drake appearing in the show, saying: “Wouldn’t it be fun for [Drake] to have a cameo in season two of The Handmaid’s Tale? I’ll drop that notion into the ear of Bruce Miller, the showrunner, and see what he can do with that, because of course the show is filmed in Toronto. Maybe Drake could help smuggle someone?”.
Atwood added: “I haven’t met Drake, but I have of course met people who have met Drake. But you have to realise how old I am. I’m not likely to go to the same parties. Or many parties at all, to be frank.”
Speaking at Paley Fest in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 18), Samira Wiley – who plays Moira in the show – told Vulture: “Who would he play? Maybe Offred’s third baby daddy. They would [make cute babies]!”
On the possibility of Drake playing the Canadian Prime Minister in the show, Wiley said: “That would be crazy! He’s like… Canada.”
O.T. Fagbenle, who plays Offred’s husband Luke, dismissed suggestions that Drake’s character could father kids with Offred, saying: “He’s gonna play my brother, what are you talking about?! Isn’t that obvious? Luke’s brother, the singer, comes into Toronto. I mean, it writes itself.”
Madeline Brewer, who plays handmaid Janine, suggested another idea: “I think Drake could be an Eye or a Commander or something. I’d be into that. I mean, Janine’s always trying to run away with somebody, why not Drake? Why not?!”
Production for the show’s second season began last September and it’s not known whether Drake will actually appear.
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