Margaret Atwood wants Drake to guest star in second season of 'The Handmaid’s Tale'

By Jennifer Berry, FLARE

In perhaps the most Canadian news ever, celebrated CanLit author Margaret Atwood mentioned during a Boston Review interview with fellow writer Junot Díaz that she’d love to see Drake make a cameo in the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, the TV adaptation of her 1985 dystopian novel.

Junot, who had previously referred to Margaret and Drake as Canada’s “two global superstars” during their chat, pressed on. “I just think that, Canada – I’ll say this to the whole nation – you are missing a great opportunity to put these two folks together. Have you listened to his music? Do you have any opinions?” he asked.

Margaret Atwood would love to see Drake make a cameo on The Handmaid's Tale.

And that’s when the 77-year-old casually added this gem into the conversation: “Wouldn’t it be fun for him to have a cameo in season two of The Handmaid’s Tale?”

She continued: “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.” And who would the "Hotline Bling" singer play? “Maybe Drake could help smuggle someone?” she said, referring to the people in the fictional story who help prisoners of Gilead escape.

Elisabeth Moss stars in the hit dystopian series.

When asked if she’d ever met the famous rapper, Margaret replied, “I haven’t met Drake, but I have of course met people who have met Drake. But you have to realize how o-l-d I am. I’m not likely to go to the same parties.”

A Drake-Atwood collaboration could very well happen, especially given the 30-year-old's roots in acting. The Toronto native got his showbiz start as Jimmy on Degrassi: The Next Generation and appeared on the Canadian series from 2001 to 2009.

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