Rafe Judkins, the showrunner for The Wheel of Time, announced that principal photography has begun on the Amazon Prime fantasy epic. In other words, shooting has started. While this is very exciting news for Wheel of Time fans, Judkins wanted to talk about the author of the book series, Robert Jordan, and an unexpected coincidence. 

This first day of shooting happens to coincide with the 12th anniversary of Robert Jordan’s death. This was not planned, it just happened so Judkins filmed a video which The Wheel of Time Twitter account shared. He spoke of how touched they have been and continue to be by the late author. He says in the short video, “…as much as I’m excited about this new endeavor that we are all embarking on, I am also quite humbled and honored to remember the man who began all of this. Tai’shar Rigney.” (Robert Jordan is James Rigney’s pen name). The tweet went out with the hashtag #ThankYouRobertJordan

The video ends with these lines from the book series: “May you shelter in the palm of the creator’s hand, and may the last embrace of the Mother welcome you home.” ~Robert Jordan, October 17, 1948 – September 16, 2007

I’m not crying, you’re crying. 

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.

So far we know of only the following castmembers: Barney Harris (Mat Cauthon), Madeleine Madden (Egwene Al’Vere), Zoe Robin (Nyneave) Marcus Rutherford (Perrin Aybarra), Rosamund Pike (Moirane), Josha Stradowski (Rand) and Daniel Henney (Lan).

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.

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Audrey Kearns