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Casting roundup: The Handmaid's Tale, Daredevil, and Spontaneous find their stars

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Jan 25, 2018, 3:30 PM EST

Dark genre TV and movies (even if they have a bit of black humor or satire to them) can be woefully life-draining without the proper people in front of the camera. But thanks to several recent casting announcements, The Handmaid’s Tale, Daredevil, and Spontaneous will have their stellar actress game holding up the uncomfortable moments.

First, the critically acclaimed Margaret Atwood adaptation lands Transparent’s Cherry Jones. Per The Hollywood Reporter, she's been cast as the “outspoken feminist” and “judgmental but loving” mother of Elisabeth Moss’ character June, who will appear in Episode 3 of the Hulu show’s second season. Jones, who’s also recently appeared on Black Mirror, will be playing a big character full of activism — though we don’t know if she’ll be in present day or a flashback.

In conversation with THR, Moss (who also serves as an executive producer on the show) said that she “was obsessed with it for weeks and bothering everybody about it — way before anybody cared to talk about it.”

“Cherry was my fantasy choice," Moss continued, saying, “I sent her the script, she wrote me a lovely email back and she said yes almost immediately.”

More casting news that puts its actress at the heart of an off-putting world, Riverdale’s Hayley Law is set to co-star in the upcoming film Spontaneous, according to Deadline. An adaptation of Aaron Starmer’s novel (written and directed by Insurgent scribe Brian Duffield), the story is about Mara (Katherine Langford), whose life is turned upside down when her high school senior classmates start blowing up for no reason. Spontaneous combustion, eh? Get it?

Everybody keeps exploding and the town and school understandably freak out, but as it becomes more and more commonplace, Mara and best friend Tess (Law’s character) must cope with The Twilight Zone-like effects of being in a world where you could evaporate into a bloody boom at any moment.

Finally, while we still don't know when Marvel’s Daredevil will return for its third season on Netflix (besides sometime this year), we know Sister Maggie will be there to carry us through.

Maggie, played by Joanne Whalley, was teased at the very end of The Defenders, and comes from Frank Miller's "Born Again" run of the comics. She's another in a series of caregiving women for the show, but — in the comics, at least — she's also Matt Murdock's mom. Woah.

While we don't know when we'll see that particular family reunion, we do know that The Handmaid's Tale returns April 25 while Spontaneous has yet to begin filming.