‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Bradley Whitford Confirms Season 4 Production Will Resume This Fall

Fans have been waiting to dive back into Gilead’s drama ever since The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 finale aired in August 2019. The Hulu show couldn’t stick to its premiere schedule due to the COVID-19 shutdown. But according to series’ star Bradley Whitford, the Season 4 production is slated to begin soon. 

Elisabeth Moss in 'The Handmaid's Tale'
Elisabeth Moss in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ | Jasper Savage/Hulu

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 was scheduled to premiere in Fall 2020

The Handmaid’s Tale began principal filming for Season 4 on March 2, and was scheduled to continue until August. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit mid-March, the series was forced to shut down production. 

The Hulu series was initially scheduled for a Fall 2020 premiere. But with only two weeks of production completed so far, the cast and crew will have to film for at approximately five more months to get the new season ready for release. 

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ cast and crew have been working on Season 4 from home

In an interview with Collider, series star, producer, and upcoming director, Elisabeth Moss revealed that The Handmaid’s Tale’s cast and crew tried to work on Season 4 during quarantine. While it’s been in a limited capacity, she said that they’ve been diligently mapping out what production will look like when they return. 

“We have a production call, every week, and we have a producer call every week,” Moss said. “There have been a lot of emails, a lot of Zooms, and a lot of conversations. One of the great things that our line producer has done is basically gone to every single department and talked to them, and picked their brain and tried to figure out what their daily process is, and what they’re looking for and what they need in order to feel safe, which I think is a really important part of it.”

Bradley Whitford confirms Season 4 production will resume soon

When talking to TV Line, The Handmaid’s Tale star Bradley Whitford, who plays Gilead Commander Joseph Lawrence, revealed that he was on set shooting Season 4 in Canada when the COVID-19 shutdown began. He said that first, no one was taking it seriously. But as news of the pandemic spread, the crew realized it was time to stop filming. 

“We were kind of joking about it,” Whitford said.  “I’m sitting, reading my cell phone, and I open an article where I’m reading for the first time, ‘Whatever you do, don’t touch your face.’ And while I was reading it, [a costume staffer] came and tweaked my scarf — Somebody brushed the hair off my forehead. Pretty quickly, it became clear.”

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But the actor also announced some good news for fans. He confirmed that the crew has been in talks, and they are all “going back” to Canada to start filming soon. 

Whitford did not reveal the exact date production will resume. But he did note that the cast and crew will have to quarantine before they can start filming in Toronto.

“Yeah, hardcore quarantine of two weeks,” he said. “Like, you’re really not to allowed to leave your room for two weeks. So, somehow, I live in a world where I am getting more house arrest time than Roger Stone.”

If production on Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale is completed by early spring, fans can expect a summer 2021 premiere date.