“The Handmaid’s Tale” is adding Christopher Meloni and Elizabeth Reaser to its cast for its upcoming third season.
The two have been cast as Commander Winslow and Mrs. Winslow, respectively. Commander Winslow is a powerful and magnetic Commander who hosts the Waterfords on an important trip, while Mrs. Winslow becomes a friend and inspiration to Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski). The two roles are not based on any characters from Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name that the series is based on.
Per Hulu, season 3 “The Handmaid’s Tale” is driven by June’s (Elizabeth Moss) resistance to the dystopian regime of Gilead and her struggle to strike back against overwhelming odds. Startling reunions, betrayals, and a journey to the terrifying heart of Gilead force all characters to take a stand, guided by one defiant prayer: “Blessed be the fight.”
The series is created by Bruce Miller, who serves as the series’ showrunner and an executive producer. The series is also executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Eric Tuchman, Mike Barker. “Handmaid’s Tale” stars Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, and Bradley Whitford, who was promoted to series regular for the third season.
After serving as a supervising producer on the first season, and a consultant this season, Margaret Atwood, who wrote the book the show is based on, will be a co-executive producer for Season 3.
Meloni, who starred for years on “Law & Order: SVU,” currently leads Syfy’s dark comedy “Happy!” Reaser, meanwhile, starred on the first season of Netflix’s horror series “The Haunting of Hill House.”