Another day, another brilliant piece of The Handmaid’s Tale casting news. Joining leads Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley, Yvonne Strahovski will be making her way to Gilead for Hulu’s adaptation of the dystopian Margaret Atwood novel that warns of how misogyny and the patriarchy will destroy the world, a message all too relevant in today’s election climate. Strahovski is set to star as Serena Joy, the wife of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and the head of his household’s staff. A former televangelist, Serena’s ideology is aligned with her husband’s, and she fought for the establishment of the oppressive and violent state of Gilead.

Most recently, Strahovski starred in the ABC miniseries The Astronaut Wives Club, but she’s best known for her regular role in the seventh and eighth seasons of Dexter and her leading role on NBC’s Chuck. On both, she kicked men’s asses (and on Dexter, she killed them). She’ll next be seen in Marc Forster’s psychological thriller All I See Is You, in which Blake Lively plays a blind woman who regains her sight and starts to see her marriage to her husband (Jason Clarke) in a new light. Strahovski plays Blake Lively’s best friend, a role we wouldn’t wish upon our worst enemies.

The Handmaid’s Tale will consist of 10 episodes and is scheduled to enter production in Toronto this fall. It is slated to premiere on Hulu in 2017. Netflix has its own Margaret Atwood adaptation in the works that’s currently filming in Ontario and stars Anna Paquin. No one could have predicted this streaming-service-feminist-literature-adaptation war.


EXCLUSIVE: Yvonne Strahovski has landed the starring role in He’s Out There, a suspense thriller that Screen Gems will put into production next month. The film’s being directed by Dennis Iliadis from a script by Mike Scannell. Producers are Bryan Bertino and Adrienne Biddle of Unbroken Pictures.

Strahovski plays a mother who comes to visit a remote lake house, and finds herself fighting for the lives of herself and her two daughters after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a homicidal psychopath. Strahovski, whose credits include I, Frankenstein, The Guilt Trip and Killer Elite, has All I See Is You next up. Her TV work includes 24, playing a serial killer’s twisted girlfriend in Dexter, and Chuck. Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper and exec veep Scott Strauss are overseeing.

Strahovski is repped by Paradigm, McKeon Myones Entertainment, and Sue Barnett & Associates in Australia.


Yvonne Strahovski 24 Returns

A new 24 without Jack Bauer? That we can kind of understand — Kiefer Sutherland after all has run and gunned through many a very bad day.
But given how the show’s most recent incarnation, 24: Live Another Day, positioned Yvonne Strahovski‘s CIA agent Kate Morgan as an heir apparent, it had to be asked: Why will Fox’s newly announced revival, 24: Legacy, be headlined by an all-new character surrounded by not one familiar face?
The answer: in short, this is a full-on 24 reboot.

According to Fox, Legacy will center on a military hero who encounters a troubled return to the U.S., compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents, but no ongoing characters.
Agreeing that Strahovski did “a fantastic job” in 24: LAD, Fox co-chair/CEO Dana Walden said that having Kate Morgan lead the next charge “is just not the story that the executive producers came in to pitch us.
We didn’t go them to say, ‘We want a reboot.’ They came in to us to say, ‘We have a fantastic idea,‘” Walden explained.

Seeing as how 24: Legacy will — as Live Another Day first did — abandon the real-time, 24-episode format, the producers said, “‘Now we want to start from scratch,’” Walden related. “They really didn’t want to revisit what we’ve already explored.
As for announcing a time of death on the aforementioned 24-episode structure, Walden said that the idea to “jump a little bit and [cover a day] over 12 hours” is something that Fox brass have long wanted to do. In today’s ultra-competitive TV climate, “I don’t think any of us believes [24 episodes] would be a smart way to go.

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have debuted a new clip from the “Batman: Bad Blood” animated feature, and announced details for the movie’s world premieres in New York City and Los Angeles. The dual red carpet events take place at the Paley Center for Media on Jan. 19 in NYC, and Feb. 1 in Los Angeles.