The Wheel of Time finally announced who Maria Doyle Kennedy and  Daryl McCormack are playing in Amazon Prime’s epic fantasy series based on the books by Robert Jordan. I admit fully that all my guesses were incorrect!

Kennedy, McCormack and Narinda Samra will be playing Tuatha’an. The Tuatha’an are also referred to as the traveling people or tinkers in the book series. They are nomadic and travel in brightly covered wagons searching for anyone who may “know the song.” They are a peaceful, non-violent people who follow the Way of the Leaf. This philosophy demands that a Tuatha’an will never raise a hand to hurt another or even to defend themselves. Even with their peaceful existence, outsiders assume that they are thieves and all around bad folk. 

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Maria Doyle Kennedy will play Illa. Narinder Samra will play Raen. Daryl McCormack will play Aram. In The Wheel of Time’s first book, The Eye of the World, two of our protagonists find shelter with the Tuatha’an . 

Without giving any spoilers, I’ll say that McCormack will make an excellent Aram. Aram is a young, handsome and flirty Tuatha’an. Illa and Raen are his grandparents and leaders of their band of traveling people. As for Kennedy playing Illa, she will be wonderful of course but I admit I was hoping she’d play a character with a much larger role in the first season. But, she is Maria Doyle Kennedy which means she’s going to be excellent! And Illa, Raen and Aram are important as the book series progresses.

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The announcement today left me wondering who will play Elyas Machera since he appears at this time in the book. I suppose we will see next Wednesday if The Wheel of Time makes another casting announcement. 

Here’s the cast list so far! 

Josha Stradowski, as Rand al’Thor, Barney Harris (Mat Cauthon), Madeleine Madden (Egwene Al’Vere), Zoe Robin (Nyneave) Marcus Rutherford (Perrin Aybarra), Rosamund Pike (Moirane), Josha Stradowski (Rand),  Daniel Henney (Lan),  Michael McElhatton (Tam Al’Thor), Alexandre Willaume  (Thom Merrilan), Hammed Animashaun (Loial), Johann Myers (Padan Fain), Alvaro Morte (Logain), Priyanka Bose (Alanna Mosvani)Taylor Napier (Maksim), Emmanuel Imani (Ihvon), Kate Fleetwood (Liandrin Guirale), Clare Perkins (Kerene Nagashi), Lolita Chakrabarti (Marin Al’Vere), Michael Tuahine (Bran Al’Vere), David Sterne (Cenn Buie), Christopher Sciueref (Abell Cauthon), Juliet Howland (Natti Cauthon), Mandi Symonds (Daise Conger), Abdul Salis (Eamon Valda) and Stuart Graham (Geofram Bornhald), Pasha Bocarie (Master Grinwell), Jennifer Preston (Mistress Grinwell), Izuka Hoyle(Dana) and Darren Clarke (Basel Gill), Daryl McCormack (Aram), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Illa), Narinda Samra (Raen). Actors playing unknown roles are Jennifer Cheon Garcia, Peter Franzénand Kate Franz.

The Wheel of Time is based on Robert Jordan’s fantasy series spanning 14 books. The final three books in the series were written by fantasy author Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s passing. It is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. Meaning that in this series — women hold the keys to power. The story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the “Aes Sedai” as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine is interested in these five because she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.

Executive producer/showrunner Rafe Judkins adapted the novels for television Executive producers also include Larry Mondragon and Rick Selvage of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures, Darren LemkeMarigo Kehoe and Uta Briesewitz.  Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal and Sanderson will serve as consulting producers.

We are getting so excited! To check out Geek Girl Authority’s The Wheel of Time news, click here! Also, if this is not enough to hold you over, the WOTonPrime twitter account is doing a book club and it’s a great way to sate your excitement.