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You may know Ann Dowd from The Handmaid’s Tale (2017-2019) as Aunt Lydia. Who, may we add, was seriously scary.

But, on a lighter note, the actress herself has signed on for a new project, set to star opposite David Oyelowo in Showtime’s The President is Missing, reports Deadline. The TV series is based on the 2018 novel co-written by former President Bill Clinton and seasoned thriller writer James Patterson (Alex Cross).

Dowd is set to play the U.S. President, who like the title suggests, goes missing. Oyelowo’s character, Vice President James Martin, is asked to take the No. 1 spot. His character is described as “politically aimless” and reluctantly steps in to handle the President’s duties and responsibilities.

It appears he starts to develop an interest in his surroundings, as there is a “conspiracy swirling around him,” according to the series’ description.

The key word to focus on here is “missing.” The President is gone, but it’s not suggested that she’s been kidnapped. She may have actually left on her own accord. Oh, you know, to fight off cyberterrorists without advisors.

If you want a little bit of background or a sneak peek of what’s to come, this New York Times Review will do the trick. 

It’s predicted filming will begin later this year.

Are you able to separate Ann Dowd from Aunt Lydia? 

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By Brigid Brown