Ever since Hulu announced that they were going to adapt Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, I’ve been on edge waiting to see who was going to be cast as what. The 1990 movie adaptation of the novel did not do the original work justice. After finding out that Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) was cast as Offred and that Margaret Atwood was going to be a consulting producer on the series, I began to feel hopeful. Today we found out who has now been cast as the Commander.
Joseph Fiennes, who has recently been known for his work in American Horror Story and in the lesser-known series Camelot, has been cast as the Commander in The Handmaid’s Tale. The Commander, for those who’ve not read the novel, is hinted to be a scientist and to be one of the few men instrumental in the establishment of Gilead, the new name of the United States of America post military takeover, It is shown throughout the course of the novel that he likes engaging in “forbidden” pursuits like playing Scrabble or going to brothels with his handmaid.
I honestly am not sure how I feel about this casting and a huge reason for this is due to having read the book and having my own image of who the Commander should be. After reading The Handmaid’s Tale my general impression was that the Commander was a lot older than Offred. So, from a visual perspective, I’m having a hard time picturing Joseph Fiennes as being able to convey this sense of age-old wisdom that I attributed to the Commander. However, I acknowledge that there have been actors that have not looked like the book characters that we’ve envisioned who’ve done well in movie adaptations. So, for now, I shall remain hopeful about this casting until I see footage.
The Handmaid’s Tale is set to be released sometime in 2017.
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