Amazon just announced casting for its new fantasy show, The Wheel of Time, based on the series by Robert Jordan (his real name is James Oliver Rigney Jr.). The 14-book series, which was first published in 1990 and went on until 2013, is about a world in which time is cyclical. While the setting is more or less medieval Europe, there is no exact time period and the story is set in a mysterious continent where all of the characters have become aware that the world is coming to an end.
The Wheel of Time leans heavily on its character development, so today’s casting news is really exciting for book fans. Season 1 will be based on the first book, The Eye of the World, which introduces the characters Moiraine Damodred, Egwene Al’Vere, Perrin Aybara, Mat Cauthon, Rand Al’Thor, and Nynaeve. Moiraine is the “Dragon Reborn,” and prophecy has it that she’ll either save the world…or destroy it. Sound familiar, Game of Thrones fans?
Who’s cast in The Wheel of Time?
We already know that Rosamund Pike will play Moiraine, and today the rest of the show’s casting was announced. Much like Game of Thrones, we’ll be introduced to a lot of unknown, undiscovered actors.