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Casting: The Handmaid's Tale adds Bradley Whitford, Sabrina conjures up two regulars

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Feb 15, 2018

Today in your casting roundup news, two main actors have been added to Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, while The Handmaid's Tale nabbed a big name for a major recurring role.

The other major streaming service, Hulu, has added Bradley Whitford to the second season of its award-winning series, The Handmaid's Tale. Deadline reports that Whitford will play Commander Joseph Lawrence, who is the architect of Gilead's economy. He is described as being gruff and intimidating, with a "disheveled mad genius vibe," sly humor, and "flashes of kindness." Whitford is probably still best known for his Emmy-winning turn in The West Wing. He has also appeared in recent genre fare like Get Out and Cabin in the Woods, and will soon star in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

The dystopian drama, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, takes place in an America that is now called Gilead. Fertility is held by only a few, so the women who can bear children are forced to breed, in a society that has little other use for them. The Handmaid's Tale premieres its second season on Apr. 25.

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Michelle Gomez in Doctor Who (Image via BBC)

Speaking of handmaidens, Sabrina has hired Michelle Gomez to play Mary Wardell, Sabrina's favorite teacher at Baxter High School. According to Variety, Ms. Wardell is sometimes possessed by Madam Satan, the devil's handmaiden. While possessed, she becomes a master manipulator and tries to lure Sabrina down the Path of Night. Gomez is best known for her 15 appearances as Missy on Doctor Who (see above photo) and two episodes as The Lady on Gotham.

Also joining Sabrina is newcomer Chance Perdomo, who will play Ambrose Spellman, Sabrina's British warlock cousin. He moves in with Sabrina when the Witches Council puts him under house arrest. He is described as "witty, puckish and pan-sexual."

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a dark version of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch comic book, meant to be a companion piece to the CW's Riverside TV series. The project fell through at the CW and was picked up by Netflix for two 10-episode seasons. Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) plays Sabrina in the horror-tinged coming-of-age series that sees Sabrina grappling with her half-mortal, half-witch identity.