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The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Casts Marisa Tomei In Important Role

Watch out, Gilead. Here comes Marisa Tomei!


With the new season of The Handmaid's Tale comes a vastly expanding world for the Hulu series. The show stretch beyond Gilead to the Colonies where exiled handmaids escape to and the funeral for a handmaiden--both settings that were revealed in the first photos for the new season.

Now, though, much more about the season is becoming clear. In the first-look trailer for the episodes, it's clear that a resistance against Gilead is growing and at the heart of it is Offred (Elisabeth Moss). "There is more than one way to resist," Moss told reports at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "There is resistance within her, and that is a big part of this season."

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Moss also says motherhood is a major theme for the season, as Offred--whose real name was revealed to be June--comes to terms with her pregnancy and the possibility of bringing a child into such a troubled time. "It's a wonderful thing to have a baby but she's potentially having it in this world," Moss admits.

Beyond Offred, though, there is even more to the season. Executive producer Warren Littlefield reveals Hulu increased the budget of the series for Season 2, which allows them to build out the world even more. The second episode, for instance, will visit the Colonies described by Margaret Atwood in her original novel.

That new area will first be explored in the second episode of the new season. To help tell that story, creator and executive producer Bruce Miller reveals that Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei, most recently seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming, will guest star on the series. Littlefield tells GameSpot she will appear only in this one episode. Her role will be that of a commander's wife in the Colonies, according to Miller.

The second season of The Handmaid's Tale premieres on April 25 on Hulu. You can stream all of Season 1 now.

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