Drake could star in the second series of The Handmaid’s Tale, says Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood – aka the genius author who brought us 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale – is already at work on series two of the critically acclaimed TV adaptation.

And it seems as if, after appearing in a cameo role herself way back in the very first episode, she’s keen to invite her fellow Canadian, Drake, to do the same.

Yes, that’d be Drake. The guy who needs someone that’ll help him think of someone besides himself, who knows you still think about the times you had and wants your hot love and emotion endlessly.


Better still, Atwood even has a role in mind for the rapper.

The idea was sparked when writer Junot Díaz interviewed Atwood for the Boston Review. During the conversation, Díaz told Atwood that he considered her one of the two major stars from Toronto, Canada. The second of which, of course, is Drake.

Atwood, moved by the sentiment, replied: “This has been wonderful. Because so unexpected!”

She then asked the world at large: “Wouldn’t it be fun for [Drake] to have a cameo in season two of The Handmaid’s Tale?

Warming to the idea, she continued: “I’ll drop that notion into the ear of [director] Bruce Miller, the showrunner, and see what he can do with that.”

Atwood went on to add that it would be incredibly easy for Drake to get involved in the filming process, because “the show is filmed in [his hometown of] Toronto.”

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Pausing to think about what Drake could, y’know, offer the show (other than rap something beautiful at Elisabeth Moss’ Offred), Atwood determined that he absolutely would not be an Eye. Or a bad guy, of any kind.

Instead, he’d be heroically working alongside the Mayday Resistance, helping to rescue the women of Gilead from lives of sexual servitude and surrogacy.

“Maybe Drake could help smuggle someone?” she hinted extravagantly.

Don’t tease us like this, Atwood, because now we want it to be true.

At the moment, we don’t know all that much about what we can expect from the second series of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Speaking in May, the author said: “For me, it will be an interesting challenge, since I myself have never known what happened to Offred once she got into that van […] except that she (or her recorded tapes) made it into a foot locker that was found in the former Bangor, Maine.”

We do know, though, that Alexis Bledel will be reprising the role of Ofglen/Emily – and that, this time, she’s being bumped from guest star to series regular.

We guess this means that Ofglen will still, despite events seen so far in the show, play a big role in upcoming storylines.

Ofglen will return for series two

Ofglen will return for series two

Speaking about why she took on the role of Ofglen, Bledel  told Entertainment Tonight: “More than anything, I just think about what roles I take on, and make sure that it's really something that I feel passionate about if I'm going to leave home and go work.

“I just want to love what I'm doing.”

Images: Channel 4