Yvonne Strahovski The Handmaid's Tale

Yvonne Strahovski Joins Hulu's Handmaid's Tale as Commander's Wife

For her latest TV gig, erstwhile astronaut’s wife Yvonne Strahovski will try her luck as a commander’s spouse.

The Chuck MVP has joined Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale in the role of Serena Joy, wife of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes). Serena Joy is the head of the household staff and an influential public figure who fought for traditional values and the establishment of Gilead.

The 10-episode series — based on Margaret Atwood’s celebrated 1985 novel — stars Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss as Offred, a Handmaid in the Commander’s household and one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

In addition to ABC’s one-and-done Astronaut’s Wives, Strahovski’s post-Chuck credits include stints on Dexter and 24: Live Another Day.

The cast also includes Max Minghella (The Mindy Project), Ann Dowd (The Leftovers), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) and Madeline Brewer (Hemlock Grove).

Hulu’s Tale starts shooting this fall in Toronto ahead of a 2017 launch date.

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17 Comments
  1. Tom says:

    Ok, I was vaguely interested in this. Now, this has me convinced to at least check it out.

  2. Shaun says:

    She’s sexy but this show sounds terrible.

  3. Joey Padron says:

    Happy she’ll be back on tv again in another show!

  4. Jenny says:

    Great news. Yvonne is a great actress. Can’t wait to see this.

  5. A. D. says:

    She’s so much better than this crap!

  6. Ian says:

    Between Samira and now Yvonne, now I HAVE to at least try and watch this. Touche, Hulu. Touche.

  7. Tira says:

    Nice! It’s always great to watch her. Hopefully she has a meaty role.

  8. Sarah says:

    As someone who read this book, the casting really doesn’t make sense to me. Yvonne is a fine actress but the Commander and his wife are supposed to be old, like 60 or 70 old… that’s part of what makes the sex scenes so disturbing. I fear by making them younger that it would change the tone from religiously sanctioned large scale rape into a weird porn menage.

  9. Brian says:

    Hollywood simply doesn’t want to show sex scenes between senior citizens.

    • Sarah says:

      I’m aware. It’s one of the reasons I couldn’t fathom why Hollywood would choose this book to adapt. Although technically speaking the sex isn’t between the senior citizens.. it’s between the Commander and the handmaid… that is the handmaid’s job (to bare the sin of sex and produce a child for the Commander and his wife) and she is young and pretty.

  10. Dr. M says:

    A second try for this property? This was already a better off forgotten 1990 film. Man they are getting desperate.

  11. Jason says:

    It’s a great role and a darker character is a nice change of pace for her. And I’m kind of curious how racy Hulu is going to get with this, given the source material and previous adaptations. But as far as Yvonne goes, I really like it best when she’s getting to kick ass. I’m still a bit annoyed that they didn’t let her take the lead in the new season of 24. And someone get to work on that Chuck reunion!

  12. dman6015 says:

    Ugh…Hulu.

  13. cadfile says:

    I think it works better if Serena is older than Yvonne like in the book and film

  14. Weezy says:

    “In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life,”

    Sounds like where we are heading….maybe 10-15 years based on current political correctness trends. I bet you will certainly be imprisoned for speech in the near future which only a dodo bird wouldn’t realize is a huge leap backwards.