This week, Amazon Prime’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time announced more cast members for the much anticipated show. In August of last year, we first heard the actors who will play the protagonists from Emond’s Field in the Two Rivers. We’ve been receiving casting news ever since for this enormous cast. This week’s announcement will have fans of the book series excited. We now know the actors behinds two fan-favorite female powerhouse characters, Min Farshaw and the Amyrlin Seat, Siuan Sanche.
Kae Alexander will play Min and Academy Award Nominee and Tony Award winner Sophie Okonedo will play Siuan. But wait, there’s more! Kate Fleetwood will play Aes Sedai Liandrin Guirale, Clare Perkins will play Aes Sedai Kerene Nagashi and Peter Franzen will play Kerene’s Warder, Stepin.
Min, short for Elmindredra (but don’t let her hear you call her that and don’t ever ask her to wear a skirt!), is one of the main characters in The Wheel of Time series. We meet her in the first book, The Eye of the World. She’s a young woman from Baerlan with the ability to see auras around people. These “visions” can sometimes portend a person’s future. She becomes an important member of our protagonist’s crew.
Siuan Sanche is the Amyrlin Seat, the head of the Aes Sedai. Some would say she is the most powerful person in the world. She’s a fierce, opinionated woman who is the youngest person to ever attain the Amyrlin Seat, she is also a close friend to Morraine.
As for Liandran, Kerene and Stepin — well, spoilers. I’ll just say that Liandran is one tough, mean cookie.
As usual, after this latest announcement, I’m still left wondering who will play Elyas Machera! 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), Darren Clarke (Basel Gill), Daryl McCormack (Aram), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Illa), Narinda Samra (Raen), Kae Alexander (Min Farshaw), Sopie Okonedo (Siuan Sanche), Kate Fleetwood (Liandrin Guirale), Clare Perkins (Kerene Nagashi) and Peter Franzen (Stepin). Actors playing unknown roles are Jennifer Cheon Garcia and 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 Lemke, Marigo 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.
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