The Wheel of Time  showrunner, Rafe Judkins, made many a fan happy today by posting an image from the Amazon Prime fantasy series’ set. The photo was of the lead character Rand al’Thor, played by actor Josha Stradowski, on location.

Judkins writes of the posted image, “To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the publishing of the first Wheel of Time book, Amazon is letting me post this picture I took on set in the mountains of Slovenia! Including Rand Al’Thor getting his hair done, giant coats to show you how cold it was, and a mountain safety guide to make sure none of us fall off the cliff. Shooting this scene was one of the highlights of the whole project so far for me and it’s awesome to get to share it.”

We can’t tell much from the photo as the actor is wearing a coat, so no peek at his costume. He’s most likely between scenes here and staying warm. Clever move, Judkins! However, that won’t stop us from speculating!

If they are following the first book in the series by Robert Jordan closely, then there isn’t rocky terrain like that until the end of the book where there is a big stand off. Perhaps it is Tarwin’s Gap or near Fal Dara in Shienar. Don’t worry, no spoilers here. There’s some great speculation on twitter and in the Instagram post below which you should check out if you are familiar with The Eye of the World (the first book) and don’t mind spoilers. They pretty much say what I think as well. 

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In addition to Stradowski,  The Wheel of Time ensemble includes 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) and Emmanuel Imani (Ihvon). Still no word on what previously cast Daryl McCormack will be playing.

Believe it or not, there are plenty of characters still left to cast. The novels are rich with interesting folks. Hopefully we’ll find out who is rounding out the cast soon, I’d especially like to hear who is playing Min and Elayne Trakand.

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 Judkinsadapted 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.

 

 

 

 


Audrey Kearns