Amazon Prime’s epic project, The Wheel of Time series gave us another casting nugget today. Last week, the show announced three new cast members on social media by tweeting, “Traveling down the Caemlyn Road.” Well, this week’s casting has us on the road to Caemlyn no more, but actually in the city itself.

Darren Clarke has joined the cast as Basel Gill. Gill is the loyal and kind innkeeper of The Queen’s Blessing in Caemlyn. In The Wheel of Time’s first book, The Eye of the World, Basel Gill, a good friend of Thom Merrilin, gives shelter to some of the main characters when they are in need of aid. And, if there is any one thing you need to know about Master Gill, it’s that he’s “good Queen’s man.” And if you forget, he’ll remind you! He’s speaking of the good Queen Morgaise who rules Andor from the royal palace in Caemlyn. Speaking of the latter, I hope we hear who will be playing Queen Morgaise soon!

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).

We don’t know who Daryl McCormack will be playing or Maria Doyle Kennedy although the latter would make a great Elaida Sedei, Queen Morgaise or the Amyrlin Seat! Other actors playing unknown roles are Jennifer Cheon Garcia, Peter Franzén, 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 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. 


Audrey Kearns