‘Shakespeare in Love’ at 20: From Troubled Development to Oscar History

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Margaret Atwood Is Writing ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Book Sequel Due Out Next Year

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Margaret Atwood is currently writing a sequel to her best-selling dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” it was announced Wednesday.

Due out in September 2019 from publishers Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, “The Testaments” is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene in the original book and will be narrated by three female characters, Atwood tweeted.

The new novel was inspired by readers’ questions about the fictional world of Gilead and by the “world we’ve been living in,” the Canadian author said.

Yes indeed to those who asked: I’m writing a sequel to The #HandmaidsTale. #TheTestaments is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene and is narrated by three female characters. It will be published in Sept 2019. More details: https://t.co/e1umh5FwpX pic.twitter.com/pePp0zpuif

– Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 28, 2018

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A hit when it was published in 1985, “The Handmaid’s Tale” took on new meaning after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, with his vision of America often being compared to the imagined land of Gilead.

The novel has since been adapted into an award-winning TV series on Hulu starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski.

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The second season, which diverted from Atwood’s original novel, concluded in July and the drama is due to return for a third.

Since it premiered in April 2017, “A Handmaid’s Tale” was won multiple awards, including eight Primetime Emmys after Season 1 and a Best Actress Golden Globe award for Moss.

Atwood’s most recent books include dark dystopian “The Heart Goes Last,” published in 2015, and “Hag-Seed,” a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

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Joseph Fiennes and Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Travel Down the Nile for Nat Geo

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Joseph Fiennes and his cousin Sir Ranulph Fiennes are teaming up for a three-part exploration series on Nat Geo. “The Handmaid’s Tale” star and the explorer will take a journey down the Nile River for the documentary series.

“Fiennes: Return to the Nile” will air in 2019, though an exact date is still to be announced. It is produced by Woodcut Media.

The series commemorates the 50th anniversary of the explorer’s 1969 journey down the Nile, one of his earliest expeditions. The three-part series will see the two men crawling through a newly-discovered ancient Egyptian tomb in Minya, get to grips with Tachtib — a traditional fighting technique using four foot sticks — and come face-t- face with dangerous snakes and spiders.

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“I am delighted to be embarking on this adventure with National Geographic and my cousin, Ran. It is every boys dream to go on an expedition with the world’s great living explorer. I am delighted to be going on this journey,” said Fiennes, who is also a producer on the series.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to re-trace the steps of my original expedition in 1969, and this time with my cousin Joe and National Geographic. I know first-hand how fascinating and exhilarating Egypt is for an explorer and I can’t wait to show Joe the ropes and to see how much Egypt has changed in the last 50 years,” said the elder Fiennes.

“Authentic, visceral and highly entertaining, ‘Fiennes: Return To The Nile’ embodies National Geographic’s mission to inspire and ignite the explorer in all of us. We are thrilled to be working with legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and critically acclaimed actor Joseph Fiennes on this exhilarating and thrilling expedition,” said Jules Oldroyd, SVP, International Programming for National Geographic.

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Derren Lawford, creative director and executive producer, Woodcut Media, added: “This series marks Woodcut’s first commission with National Geographic and we are delighted to be co-producing this with The Development Partnership for such an iconic channel. We know that ‘Fiennes: Return To The Nile’ will take viewers on an incredibly breath-taking and unforgettable journey that will entrance audiences in the US and the world over.”

Deadline was first to report the news.

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Joseph Fiennes & Sir Ranulph Fiennes Journey Down The Nile For Three-Part Exploration Series For Nat Geo

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EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Fiennes and Sir Ranulph Fiennes are teaming up to journey down the Nile in a three-part documentary series for Nat Geo.
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Trevor Noah, Bruce Miller, & Emmy Men Address Progress Of #MeToo Movement And Voices Of Resistance

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’: Joseph Fiennes on Exploring ‘Warped Creatures,’ ‘Ugly Components of the Male Psyche’

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Let’s get this straight right away: Joseph Fiennes knows Commander Fred Waterford is not a good guy. And he also knows it’s not his job to make you like his “Handmaid’s Tale” character.

But it is his job to “find pockets of humanity” in one of the “monsters” and “warped creatures” that inhabit the fictional world of Gilead, created by Margaret Atwood in her dystopian novel and now elaborated on in Season 2 by the Hulu adaptation’s creator, Bruce Miller.

“It’s a constant struggle with an antagonist like Fred,” Fiennes, whose first-ever Emmy nomination was one of eight acting noms for the show that won eight Emmys last year, including Outstanding Drama Series, tells TheWrap.

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(The other acting nominees: lead actress Elisabeth Moss, supporting actresses Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel and Ann Dowd and guests Samira Wiley, Cherry Jones and Kelly Jenrette.)

“One is never looking for sympathy, but one is looking for pockets of humanity,” he added. “And when I say humanity, I mean making him human and that’s difficult ’cause he is in many ways used as a device to show and illustrate the painful reality of Gilead.”

“So it’s about balancing and looking at the monsters like Fred and talking about how even those warped creatures like Fred, we have to start to look at them in the human complex, because they surround us in the real world,” Fiennes said. “And I think a lot of what we’re doing is a reflection of the real world. So I sort of welcome the prying out of the ugly components of the male psyche. “

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In the second season of the “Handmaid’s Tale,” Fred moved further and further into villain territory, with his acts of emotional and physical abuse against Offred (Moss) and his wife Serena Joy (Strahovksi). But he also became a father — if you count taking the baby he assumed to be his and Offred’s to raise with Serena — who appears to genuinely love his daughter. And those conflicting storylines make for a more and more complex character for Fiennes.

“If there is a way to find the nuance and a multifaceted Fred, I search for that as much as I can,” Fiennes said. “But he has gone darker and I would love to look at a Season 3 where he doesn’t have to play the darkness because we know the type of creature he is already.”

But the Emmy nominated-series is based on “an extraordinary feminist novel,” Fiennes says they “want to keep authentic to that” and that’s why it’s “a delicate call to start investigating the male psyche in depth.”

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“There is that balance between an extraordinary protagonist and all of the complexities of the female dynamics in different aspects and different characters,” Fiennes continued. “Investigating that, that is the importance of the show and what they are resisting and how they find their inspiration and how we understand their pain and their confusion and their contradiction. And if you start hooking that up with someone like Fred, I welcome that. But I think it’s a balance that is led by the writers.”

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Emmy Nominees Are Gratefully Honored to Be Thrilled Into Over-the-Moon Shock

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Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning, and with them came the flood of reactions from those lucky enough to score a nod.

If you’re already done processing TheWrap’s breakdown of nominations by networks and programs, read on for our tally of just how thrilled, honored, grateful and proud this year’s nominees are, according to a semi-scientific survey of our in-boxes.

As of this writing, gratitude was a big winner, with 15 nominees declaring themselves grateful in one way or another — though Brian Grazer and Ron Howard went the extra mile and declared themselves “incredibly grateful” for the nomination in the Outstanding Limited Series category that “Genius” received.

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Honor also made a strong showing, with no fewer than 14 nominees declaring themselves honored or that it was an honor to be nominated.

And what would Emmys nomination day be without some thrills? Seven nominees either said it was thrilling or they were thrilled to be nominated, while “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown and the “Fuller House” gang took the extra step of declaring themselves “beyond thrilled” about their nominations. “Absolutely thrilled” also landed a mention, via truTV president Chris Linn’s reaction to the Emmy nomination for “At Home with Amy Sedaris.”

Another annual favorite, pride, made a strong showing, with six nominees saying they were proud and “immensely proud” also making a showing.

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Of course, every year there are new additions to the canon, courtesy of nominees who set themselves apart from the piles of thrills, honors and gratitude. Thus, Pamela Adlon was “completely over the moon” about her Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series nomination for “Better Things.” “GLOW” actress Betty Gilpin, meanwhile, found herself in a “shock and denial paralysis.”

And Joseph Fiennes? Well, he was left “a little dumbstruck and elated” by his first Emmy nomination, for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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Good luck in September, nominees! In the meantime it’s been a thrilling and gratitude-filled honor to react to your reactions.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Does June Escape Gilead in the Novel?

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu has been pretty good about Margaret Atwood’s novel on which it is based, but even early on, the show was expanding beyond the scope of the book.

In Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the story is stretching into all-new territory, following June (Elisabeth Moss) in the immediate aftermath of the big cliffhanger in Season 1. That cliffhanger left June’s life seemingly imperiled as she was placed in the back of a van with no explanation as to what was happening, raising the question of whether the authorities of Gilead had discovered her work with the insurgent Mayday organization.

In fact, though, June found herself safe, thanks to the fact that she was pregnant — seemingly with Nick (Max Minghella) as the father. That caused Nick to help June get away from Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), hiding her at the former offices of the Boston Herald until someone could sneak her out of the country?

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But is June’s escape covered in the novel? The answer to that question is a resounding: no. In fact, Atwood’s book ends, or at least June’s story does, when she steps up into that van, unsure of her fate.

After the narrative portion, in which June tells her story, the book version of “The Handmaid’s Tale” changes, taking readers to an academic lecture in 2195. The frame presents June’s story as a recording recovered years after the fall of Gilead, but it makes clear that her story took place in the early portion of a regime that lasted for years.

The scholar giving the lecture, Professor James Darcy Pieixoto, explains that while June’s story provides a lot of information about the inner workings of Gilead, it’s incomplete. In fact, while the show makes it clear that the handmaid Offred is named June Osbourne, her real name is never explicit in the books, and is instead left open to interpretation by the reader. Pieixoto notes that it’s extremely difficult for historians to find out what happened to a lot of people, including Offred, because of the changes to their names.

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So right now, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is in off-book territory. While aspects of Season 2, like the portions that concern June’s mother, are largely adapted from material in the book, the show is expanding June’s story beyond what Atwood originally wrote. Fans won’t be able to look to the novel to predict where “The Handmaid’s Tale” is headed next.

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The dystopian, women-subjugating society of  “The Handmaid’s Tale” is full of people who willingly sign on with its evil. Whether they’re the leaders who created the place or just collaborators willing to go along, the show is full of people willing to watch others suffer every day — and even inflict that suffering. Here are 17 such folks, ranked by how much they sign on with Gilead’s evil agenda.

Nick (Max Minghella)
Nick’s not a bad guy, and he’s trapped in Gilead like a lot of people, but he’s still a cog in the machine. At most, he uses his position to help June (Elisabeth Moss) where he can. He’s mostly still standing by and letting everything happen to her, though, and as far as their relationship is concerned, she’s the one taking all the risks.

That One Aunt (Margaret Atwood)
The author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” only gets a quick cameo, but as an aunt at the Red Center, her character is undoubtedly embracing the awfulness of Gilead. And she gets to smack June while she’s there.

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The Boat Driver (Marvin Kaye)
When people were fleeing Gilead, this guy was willing to take them across the border in his boat. He was also willing to profit by the situation as much as possible, gouging Luke for whatever he could pay for his passage. He might not be a part of the government, but he’s bad enough to take advantage of its rise.

Jezebels’ Martha (Elena Khan)
Informing for the government is a good way to take care of yourself at the expense of everyone else. Nick’s Martha friend is willing to sell out the people around her — and people like her are essential to keeping the oppressive system working.

Ambassador Castillo (Zabryna Guevara)
The Mexican ambassador who meets with the Commander isn’t responsible for the way Gilead treats women, but she’s obviously willing to look the other way when it comes to its policies. Even when June tells her how bad things are, she’s unwilling to do much — and if Mexico is entering into trade with Gilead for handmaidens, she’s not only looking the other way on slavery, she’s about to facilitate it.

Burke (Jim Cummings)
The interrogator who questions June about Ofglen likes to start his discussions a certain way: with a cattle prod. A government lackey, a brutal interrogator and someone who persecutes women, Burke is an “investigator” whose clearly relishes his job and the power it gives him.

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Emma Monroe (Christy Bruce)
Mere hours after separating her from her child, Commander Monroe and his wife Emma have the handmaid Janine (Madeline Brewer) ready for another “ceremony.” It’s a reinforcement that even among the “nice” commanders and their wives, handmaids are seen as little more than animals.

Naomi Putnam (Ever Carradine)
Mrs. Putnam is the “wife” whose handmaid, Janine, actually has a baby, a somewhat rare occurrence. Like with June, Putnam is nice to her handmaid right up until the baby is born. After that, Naomi can’t wait to get rid of the other women and go back to treating her and the other handmaids like property.

The Doctor (Kristian Brunn)
The gynecologist June visits early in Season 1 propositions June, making it clear he’s regularly taking advantage of handmaids for sex. That makes him a guy who manages to take the extremely awful world he lives in and make it even more gross.

The Judge (Thomas Hauff)
When June’s friend Ofglen is discovered for being a lesbian with another woman, this guy sentences Ofglen’s lover to death and Ofglen to mutilation. Not only is he perfectly comfortable with those sentences and without even giving the women a chance to defend themselves, but it’s a look into the way Gilead systematizes women as lesser people.

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Commander Monroe (Matthew Olver)
Monroe might be considered a “nice” commander, but he’s still a leader of the regime and must have played a part in both its coming to power and in its continuing terrible ways. Plus, like his wife, he’s instantly ready to treat Janine like someone who’s less than human.

Commander Pryce (Robert Curtis Brown)
Pryce seems like the paranoid commander, and other than Commander Waterford, he comes off as the most devout. But he’s still in the car with the others, coming up with the best way to brand the idea of all the commanders taking on concubines and making it sound biblical. Ultimately, the commanders don’t even believe their own lies, and Pryce is obviously just trying to consolidate his own power.

Commander Guthrie (Christian Lloyd)
Of the leaders of the movement, Guthrie seems to be the most truthful. He’s a jerk who doesn’t really care about the religion side, but it’s his idea to create the handmaids expressly for the purpose of breeding. Where the other leaders are hypocrites, they at least hide it well. Guthrie’s just in this for the gross, exploitative power.

Commander Putnam (Stephen Kunken)
Putnam has an extra layer of horrific to add to the usual awfulness of the commanders. He convinced his handmaid, Janine, that he was going to run away with her. His lie got him what he wanted from her, but it helped ruin Janine even more.

Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd)
The scary thing about Aunt Lydia is she comes off like a true believer. She’s fully committed to forcing handmaids into a life of rape and servitude, and she seems to enjoy wrecking the women who don’t immediately respect her with her cattle prod. She and people like her are essential to making subjugation work because she buys in, and has no problem hurting anyone who doesn’t.

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Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski)
Talk about your all-time backfires. Serena Joy got everything she ever thought she wanted. Her book touted the great world she would help create, and yet she seemingly didn’t realize that advocating to make women second-class citizens would include her too. That means she’s marginalized by the people she helped elevate, and she’s angry enough about it to use her own power to ruin the lives of the people below her. She just can’t stop being fully awful.

The Commander (Joseph Fiennes)
The worst thing about the Commander is that he plays nice. He invites June to his room for games of Scrabble and, in private, treats her like a real person. But even his acts of kindness are actually clear methods of enforcing his power over people — he knows June can’t really challenge him, and he likes to wield his ability to be nice to her as something he can easily take away. It’s almost worse that he sometimes treats her well, because every act of kindness comes with the tacit feeling of being in his debt, as well as under his whim.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Cast on Pressure to Match Critical Darling’s Success in Season 2 (Video)

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” returns to Hulu Wednesday with a second season that’s going completely off-book.

The Elisabeth Moss-led series — whose first season won more awards than Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) could shake a cow-prodder at — exhausted the source material last year and is about to unleash a new story that goes beyond the pages of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel.

So are the stars feeling the heat when it comes to living up to the hype with this addition to the original tale? Of course, but they also trust showrunner Bruce Miller and their writers.

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“I don’t want Margaret to get angry with me, because she’s got a dark imagination!” O-T Fagbenle, who plays June’s (Elisabeth Moss) husband Luke, told TheWrap about making sure the author is pleased with their work. “The main pressure I feel is just to do the scripts justice,” he added.

“I think of course there is great pressure when something works to try and keep it working, but without repeating the formula in a way that might get the audience bored,” Joseph Fiennes, who plays Commander Fred Waterford, said. “Allowing this second season to speak as strongly as it did to people — we got lucky in terms of hitting the political zeitgeist,” he added.

“I think the key there is just to bring your best every day,” said Ann Dowd, who took home an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2017 for playing Aunt Lydia. “And it takes so many [people] to make this story.”

Alexis Bledel, who grabbed an Outstanding Guest Actress Emmy for her role as Ofglen/Emily, said they are trying “to step up our game for season 2 and hopefully get something even more satisfying.”

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

Watch the cast’s interview above and check back at TheWrap Wednesday at 10:10 for an interview with Dowd about the Season 2 premiere.

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‘Atlanta’ Shock: Donald Glover Plays Michael Jackson-Like Character in Whiteface

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“Atlanta” is full of surprises, but Thursday’s episode delivered the biggest: Creator and star Donald Glover, in whiteface, played a character who bore an eerie resemblance to Michael Jackson.

Glover isn’t credited with playing the Jackson-like character, a sad, high-voiced musician named Teddy Perkins who lives in almost total isolation. In fact, Teddy is listed in the credits as playing himself.

But fans and critics quickly figured out what was going on. Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz said Perkins was “almost certainly played by Donald Glover in prosthetic whiteface,” and a New York Times recap said Perkins “seems to be Donald Glover beneath the unsettling prosthetic makeup and blue contact lenses.”

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It was probably the weirdest thing ever to happen on “Atlanta,” a show that once featured an invisible car. FX, which airs it, kept details of the episode secret ahead of time, and presented it without commercials.

During the episode, Teddy’s pale skin is speculated upon, but never explicitly explained. We see photos from the past that indicate he is African-American, though he now appears white. At one point he references “a rare skin condition.” (Jackson famously told Oprah Winfrey he had vitiligo, “a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It’s something that I cannot help.”)

How to portray Jackson onscreen has been a dicey subject before: Last year, the British series “Urban Myths” bailed on plans for white actor Joseph Fiennes to play the King of Pop.

“Atlanta” made a point of  clarifying that Teddy Perkins wasn’t supposed to be Michael Jackson. At one point in the episode, he talks about his father and Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson. That established for viewers that Perkins and Jackson exist in the same reality — but not the same family.

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But the parallels between Teddy Perkins and Michael Jackson are impossible to ignore: They resemble each other, down to their pale skin and chin clefts, share other specific similarities involving Dionne Warwich and ostriches.

There was no comment from FX, and a rep for Glover declined to comment.

The writer-actor-producer, who plays Lando Calrissian in next month’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” has done nothing to avoid attention lately. Last week, he posted a “Deadpool” script after FX scuttled a planned animated series about the Marvel Comics mercenary that he had been planning with his brother, “Atlanta” writer Stephen Glover.

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In the script, he had Deadpool wondering aloud if FX bailed on the project because of racism, and surmised that Jennifer Lawrence bit Beyonce at a party last year. (Lawrence and many others denied being the mystery actress whom Tiffany Haddish reported seeing bite Beyonce.)

Here are a few reactions to Teddy Perkins:

Who knew Donald Glover in whiteface could be so scary #AtlantaFx pic.twitter.com/QqF2i17C6U

— Meghan Woods (@Miss_MEW_) April 6, 2018

I did NOT expect whiteface Donald Glover when I went to the homepage today! AHHHHHH!!!! https://t.co/qFhh1giuoA

— Jordan Crucchiola (@JorCru) April 6, 2018

Donald Glover out here looking like Cat in the Hat #AtlantaFX pic.twitter.com/afj2Eqiy6w

— Moneybagg Dre (@Still_Dre536) April 6, 2018

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Don’t call her Offred.

Hulu released its trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 on Wednesday and it looks like Elisabeth Moss is playing a completely different character this time around. Well, more like she’s taking ownership of her original identity, that is.

The clip picks up where Season 1 left off, with a pregnant Offred being carted away from the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and Serena Joy’s (Yvonne Strahovski) home. “Is this what freedom looks like?” she asks in her narration. “What will happen when I get out? There probably is no out. Gilead is within you.”

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The rest of the clip is filled with glimpses of your favorite handmaids Moira (Samira Wiley) and Luke (O. T. Fagbenle) living a free life in Canada, Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) getting bossy again, a look at the creepy Colonies and Moss finally out of that unflattering red frock.

“My name is June Osbourne,” she says at the clip’s close. “I am … free.”

The Emmy-winning drama series sophomore installment will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. “Gilead is within you” is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.

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Watch the trailer above.

Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere with two new episodes on April 25, with subsequent episodes released every Wednesday, on Hulu.

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12 Actors Who Shouldn’t Play Aladdin – and Why (Photos)

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Disney has been having a hard time finding someone to play Aladdin. We’re going to help them out and narrow down the search, but letting them know who not to cast. You know, just in case they get any ideas.

Jake Gyllenhaal

He’s a white dude.

Joseph Fiennes

He couldn’t even pass as Michael Jackson …

Christian Bale

Moses wasn’t a white guy and neither is Aladdin — so yeah.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Remember when this white dude played Khan Noonien Singh in “Star Trek Into Darkness”?

Russell Crowe

This white dude played Noah. I think that’s enough appropriation for a lifetime.

Justin Chatwin

He’s. A. White. Guy.

Scarlett Johansson

Don’t even try it, Disney.

Emma Stone

Just … no.

Joseph Fiennes Nearly Played Obi-Wan Kenobi – and Tells Us How He Lost the Role (Exclusive)

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When it comes to his most memorable audition story, “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Joseph Fiennes has a really good one. As it turns out, it revolves around a key role in the “Star Wars” prequels.

In an interview with TheWrap, Fiennes was coy at first, not dropping the name of the film or its director, but provided enough clues to tip us off. (Waving your hands around like you’re holding a lightsaber isn’t exactly subtle.)

“I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes said as he began his story. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself and another fine actor who I was at that time at drama school with.”

TheWrap confirmed later that the actor in question was indeed Ewan McGregor. Fiennes and McGregor attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London around the same time.

Fiennes recalled moving forward to the next level in the audition process and getting to audition in front of a director (yes it was George Lucas) and casting director Robin Gurland. After he was done, he went to shake Lucas’ hand and was introduced to his daughter.

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“The director had his child — a lovely, delightful child. Must’ve been around age five — and he introduced me, ‘this is Joe and he’s quite possibly Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

At first, Fiennes said he was honored. Then Lucas’ daughter ruined the moment.

“His daughter turned around and said ‘I don’t like this guy. He’s weird. I don’t like him.’ And that’s how my audition went,” Fiennes recalled.

And that’s how his “Star Wars” dreams came to a screeching halt. Of course, the role of the venerated Jedi master went to McGregor and the rest is blockbuster history.

On the complete opposite side of the fiction spectrum is Fiennes’ current project. He is starring in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” as Commander Fred Waterford, who hosts Offred (Elizabeth Moss) in his home. He and Offred form an uncomfortable but unique relationship in which he seeks to give her some semblance of normalcy while also still acknowledging the horrible conditions under which she and other women have to live.

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“The material is pretty complex and gnarly and horrific and seeing the effects of what my character puts on other people and seeing the way Lizzie Moss and her extraordinary performance delivers the ramifications of those effects,” he said, noting what part of filming “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been the toughest. “That was pretty tough because it was relentless. It was every day.”

But it’s work that Fiennes enjoys, as he and the other members of the cast and crew often rejoiced in what they were making.

“To be able to celebrate something… it’s very rare that thing happens,” he said.

Stuart Brazell contributed to this report. 

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