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Margaret Atwood Invites Drake to Join ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Margaret Atwood, writer of the dystopian feminist drama The Handmaid’s Tale, is from Toronto. And so of course, when she sat down for an interview with the Boston Review this week, she was asked if she’s ever met Drake, whose Toronto origins are the only thing keeping that Canadian city relevant at this point.

“I haven’t met Drake, but I have of course met people who have met Drake,” Atwood said. “But you have to realize how o-l-d I am. I’m not likely to go to the same parties. Or many parties at all, to be frank.”

And when she was asked if she listened to Drake’s music, probably embarrassed she couldn’t name a single one of the prolific artist’s hits, Atwood pivoted with a surprising invite for Drake to join the cast of The Handmaid’s Tale come season two.

“I’ll drop that notion into the ear of Bruce Miller, the showrunner, and see what he can do with that, because of course the show is filmed in Toronto,” she said. “Maybe Drake could help smuggle someone?”

The connection between a hip hop artist and a political drama in which women have essentially been reduced to baby-making machines is, well, dismal at best. But Drake’s music focuses largely on magically converting the “bad girl,” stripper types, which really isn’t too far from the premise of the Hulu series, based on Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name.

For his own part, Drake has yet to respond to the invitation.

Production for season two is now under way and set to premiere in 2018. Meanwhile, Atwood is reportedly flirting with the idea of writing a sequel to the book, which has been rendered pretty relevant in today’s political climate.

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