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Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale has found its leading man. Joseph Fiennes has been cast opposite Elisabeth Moss in the 10-episode adaptation, according to TVLine.
Fiennes, who is best known for his role as William Shakespeare in the the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love, will play the role of Commander Fred Waterford, who is a founder of the society known as Gilead. He is a high-ranking official over a household where Offred (Moss) is a Handmaid.
The project is based on a novel of the same title, written by Margaret Atwood and published in 1985. It will start shooting this fall in Toronto and is set to premiere on Hulu in 2017.
The cast also includes Max Minghella (The Mindy Project), Ann Dowd (The Leftovers, Masters of Sex), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) and Madeline Brewer (Hemlock Grove, Orange is the New Black).
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