The Handmaid’s Tale season four release pushed back to 2021 after coronavirus halted filming – The Sun

THE Handmaid's Tale has pushed back the release of season four to 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic halted filming. 

Production on the hit Hulu series had just got underway when everything was shut down by covid-19.

Now Hulu has revealed the delays have meant the season four premiere date has had to be pushed back to next year.

The fourth installment in the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's hit novel had been slated to premiere this Autumn.

Season four will reveal what happened to June (Elisabeth Moss) in the aftermath of her being shot by a guard after she helped dozens of children escape Gilead for the safety of Canada.

Meanwhile across the border in Canada, Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) were arrested for war crimes and their part in the vile Gilead regime.

Season three aired in June last year, meaning fans will now have a nearly two-year wait for season four.

The news of the delay comes days after Yvonne warned fans they would be in for a "long wait" for the next instalment. 

She told Gold Derby: "We can look forward to the start of going back to continue what we started.

"How much did we get in the can, maybe two weeks worth? I don’t know, it’s going to be a long wait.”

Yvonne's co-star Elisabeth, 37, was set to direct some of her first episodes for season four, but her plans were derailed by the coronavirus-related shut down.

Speaking about the halt in production, Elisabeth – who is also an executive producer on the show – told Deadline: "We were two weeks into shooting when we shut down, so we didn’t get a lot in the can, and I was actually also in the middle of directing.

“Our writers are still writing, and they are continuing to write this season, obviously remotely from their own homes, separately, and that train is still chugging along."

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