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Wheel of Time main characters cast


Jason Denzel
  • Amazon has announced the casting of the main characters for the forthcoming Wheel of Time TV show. 


Sony and Amazon announced today, through the official Wheel of Time Twitter account, the casting of the show's main characters. The "Big 5" Two Rivers characters.

 

  • Madeleine Madden as Egwene al’Vere

  • Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara

  • Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon

  • Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al'Meara

  • Josha Stradowski as Rand al’Thor

 

Here are their official bios, as provided by Amazon:

 

Josha Stradowski

Josha Stradowski started acting as a kid in musicals like The Sound of Music and Ciske de Rat, then began playing roles in television as a teenager. He graduated from the AHK theatre school in Amsterdam and worked on multiple plays such as Oedipus, directed by Robert Icke, at Ivo van Hove's theater company ITA in 2018. He recently completed filming on a new TV series about fighter pilots. He also played the lead role in an indie feature film, Just Friends, for which he and the film received a number of awards on the international film festival circuit.
 

Zoe Robbins

New Zealand native, Zoë Robins, will soon appear in Universal & Blumhouse feature, Black Christmas, directed by Sophia Takal.  She starred in the ABC pilot, The Finest, and recurred on The Shannara Chroniclesfor MTV, as well as The Killian Curse. Zoë rose to fame portraying the “White Power Ranger” on the action adventure series, Power Rangers Ninja Steel.  

 

Barney Harris

In 2016 Harris shot his first feature: Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. His other films include:  Billionaire Boy’s Club with Ansel Elgort, Taron Edgerton and Emma Roberts and Russian American, an independent feature produced by Molly Connors (Birdman, Child 44). Harris’ UK television include: Dominic Cooke's epic BBC Shakespeare series The Hollow Crown opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. 

 

Marcus Rutherford

British Independent Film Award’s Most Promising Newcomer nominee, Marcus Rutherford made his screen debut as the lead in Jamie Jones’ feature film Obey. The story follows a young man’s struggle in bettering himself against the backdrop of the 2011 London Riots, meshing real and staged footage of the events. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, winning Best Cinematography, and has since received high praise from critics. Peter Bradshaw, writing for The Guardian said, “there is a strong central performance from Marcus Rutherford as Leon, a young man just out of care”.  

 

For his performance in Obey, Marcus was also named “One to Watch in 2019” by the Observer and received three UK National Film Awards nominations: Best Actor, Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Newcomer.

 

Most recently, Marcus wrapped filming County Lines. The drama about a mother and her fourteen-year old boy who is groomed into a lethal nationwide drug selling enterprise, also starring Harris Dickinson and directed by Henry Blake. 

 

Marcus discovered acting through the Nottingham Television Workshop, the BAFTA-winning charity dedicated to training young talent, whose alumni include Vicky McClure, Joe Dempsie, Jack O’Connell and Samantha Morton. 

 

Madeleine Madden

Madeleine Madden is a young rising star with a fast-growing list of impressive credits to her name. She first came to the attention of her home country by being the first Australian teenager to deliver an Address to the Nation on behalf of the Generation One campaign’s call for action to create a better future for indigenous people. Her eloquent and considered speech was watched by more than six million people on national TV in 2010.

 

Madeleine has appeared in numerous Aussie productions including ABC TV’s critically acclaimed series The Code, in Redfern Now Series 1 &2, Jack Irish: Dead Point,The Moodys,My Place,Ready for This,Tomorrow When the War Began and Doctor Doctor Series 2. She also co-starred in the Amazon mini-series Picnic at Hanging Rock alongside Natalie Dormer, inthe Screentime/Netflix seriesPine Gapand the critically acclaimed Mystery Road,a television series based on the highly celebrated film. She can currently be seen in the Netflix fantasy/drama series Tidelandsalongside Elsa Pataky. 

 

Madeleine will next be seen on the big screen this August 9thin Paramount’s Dora and the Lost Cityof Gold. Sarah Spillane’sAround the Blockwas her first feature film starring opposite Christina Ricci. 

 

Madeleine made her stage debut in Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Secret River, directed by Neil Armfield.

 

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On ‎8‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 3:08 PM, Ta'veren1999 said:

I personally don't want to watch this series. Based off of what I have read about it, it will be almost nothing like the books I fell in love with. I don't think I could handle a TV show that has the same name as my favorite books, and characters with the same names, but is in every other way a completely different animal altogether. I kinda hate Amazon right now; they aren't making the Wheel of Time, they're making a "Game of Thrones" competitor or replacement and frankly it is sickening to see a beautiful, living, thriving world like The Wheel of Time be compared to soft core pornography with medieval cosplay.

Have you had access to scripts that we don't? So far I have seen little to nothing about what they are doing with the actual story so how can you say that they are competing with GoT. Also in the books there is plenty of scenes with Rand and Min, Elayne, and Aviendha also Nynaeve and Lan having sex. These books don't go into specifics like GoT but it is there. Not even mentioning all the scenes with Aes Sedai and their rituals where they are "Clad in the Light" meaning naked. Also the many torture scenes where people are stripped naked. If you have problems with people being naked then maybe this series isn't for you because there is plenty of it in the series

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On 8/17/2019 at 10:53 AM, The Old Tongue said:

I completely agree.  Moiraine couldn't have been cast better.  These other characters seemed to have been cast as though WoT is just a random YA novel. The Two Rivers is supposed to be an isolated and homogeneous village.  Most people look similar.  It's not supposed to look like it's Manhattan or LA.  If you go to a small European town one in the South or Midwest US (none of which are as isolated as the Two Rivers) you'll see that similarity.  Rand looks a bit different but not even enough to where he's obviously an outcast, just that he takes from his outlander mom (in itself a rarity in the TR). The characters were all surprised to note that Rand (whom they all felt was completely a normal TR youth) looked startlingly like an Aiel. Also, Perrin is supposed to be huge.  With all the people that work out, there isn't one decent actor who's also really buff? I wasn't worried but now I am concerned.  I hope my impressions are wrong.

 

Well, the Two rivers came from menetharin (sorry for the spelling) which by many accounts was a modern city, probably a lot like Manhattan or LA.  So maybe the diversity is expected?  Or by now they would all appear to be mixed race which I can buy any of these actors as being.  Can that be it?

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I just hope for an amazing show and would be completely satisfied if i enjoyed it as much as GOT. I have been a long standing fan of the WOT series and i would be crushed if this is a shannara like series. So far i am saddened by the casting choices with the exception of moraine but even with her the actress should be shorter. Rand should be closer to 6'4 and perrin should be really thick with heavy corded muscle from hours as a black smith shop. With all they could have done with WOT i am getting another teen drama vibe. I hope i am wrong! Also in closing if you have truly read these books like i have then you would know that these Characters are described in detail in the books and i don't believe the casting director has read a single page. 

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On 8/26/2019 at 6:31 AM, Lan4President said:

 

Well, the Two rivers came from menetharin (sorry for the spelling) which by many accounts was a modern city, probably a lot like Manhattan or LA.  So maybe the diversity is expected?  Or by now they would all appear to be mixed race which I can buy any of these actors as being.  Can that be it?

 

Manetheren fell two thousand years ago. For reference, that's like when Jesus was born. The Two Rivers has been isolated for two thousand years.

 

The worst thing is, Mat looks like he could be Rand's brother. Rand's distinctive look is supposed to be an important plot point.

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Characters "look" fine to me....like someone else said, its more about how well they can act than looks......

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On 8/30/2019 at 4:32 PM, Philip Hahn said:

I just hope for an amazing show and would be completely satisfied if i enjoyed it as much as GOT. I have been a long standing fan of the WOT series and i would be crushed if this is a shannara like series. So far i am saddened by the casting choices with the exception of moraine but even with her the actress should be shorter. Rand should be closer to 6'4 and perrin should be really thick with heavy corded muscle from hours as a black smith shop. With all they could have done with WOT i am getting another teen drama vibe. I hope i am wrong! Also in closing if you have truly read these books like i have then you would know that these Characters are described in detail in the books and i don't believe the casting director has read a single page. 

I see your point and agree to shannara being horrible,  and if they make this a teen drama it will suck horribly.  If that is the reason you are worried about the characters I understand.  But If its only because they aren't an exact match in detail, I'm less inclined to be worried. 

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And also on a side note GOT was awesome until season 7.....which was ok then 8 really bombed in my opinion  so I am worried about the show meeting my expectations at all. 

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13 hours ago, Zman38 said:

And also on a side note GOT was awesome until season 7.....which was ok then 8 really bombed in my opinion  so I am worried about the show meeting my expectations at all. 

 

Got season 8 sucked because Martin hasn't finished the series yet, so the producers were making stuff up.

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I was already disappointed by most of the casting, and now they missed the mark with Daniel Henney as Lan!  Lan is supposed to be ruggedly handsome, like Chris Hemsworth, Gerard Butler, Jason Momoa, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, or Karl Urban, not a pretty boy!  It looks like they are trying to turn this into a fantasy version of 90210!  Even though WOT is my favorite story of all time and I have hoped for years that it would make it to the screen, I am getting less and less interested in the production of it.  I would prefer to keep the WOT world and characters that Jordan painted for me.  If the producers of GOT could stay pretty true to the story and characters, why can't the producers of WOT do it?  They need to keep Rosamund Pike and Barney Harris, and even Josha Stradowsky, then start over with the rest!

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I think Mat is the problem, if you can even call it a problem. In the first book, it's mentioned that Rand is paler than the usual Two Rivers folk. He's somewhat tanned from being outside all the time, but someone pulls his sleeve up to show his untanned skin colour which is taken as a sign that he's different as he should be darker skinned (i.e. The natives of the area are naturally darker skinned even without a tan). On that note, the darker skinned actors are no darker than a white person could get from being very tanned, so it seems in the photos I've seen anyway. Problem is, Mat is as pale as Rand here.

 

As for the diversity, some people are really overstating how isolated the village is. Not only has it had thousands of years to have travellers and traders slowly but surely move into town, it's also said that the blood of Manetheren has weakened and strengthened over time as different people bred with different people. If the only people in the Two Rivers were all the direct descendants of Manetheren, there'd be no waxing and waning of the old blood at all. 

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I agree about the casting on the two rivers people, they do not look like I think they should.  I would like to see them in their costumes, hair, etc. for the parts.     I think it will be hard to make all WoT fans happy.  Peter Jackson did a great job on Lord of the Rings but making a screen play out of an epic is very hard. Some of my favorites stories have been terrible on screen and a few have been good.  Game of Thrones was better on screen then the books I thought.     We can only hope and wait and wait and wait,    Wheel of Time is my all time favorite, please don't mess it up!

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Poor casting period. The world is already diverse the two rivers folks were well discribed. The town is cut off and not diverse. The only one that stands out is Rand as he is the only one of mixed race. Height wise not much of big deal. Perrin should be 20-50 lbs heavier as he grew up larger and stronger than others. Rand was adopted not blood of Tam. Rand is Aiel and Andor nobility. The cast can be shuffled to more fitting roles as the world in the first few books are diverse. Part of the greatness of the first book is realizing the world is a large diverse place. With Rand having to come to grips he dose not look like his father and was adopted. Lan was a great choice as i can see his kingdom fitting with the armor. Moraine will be fine even though later on they will have to make her look younger.

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I’m more concerned about any grand changes to the story or of it becoming a teen drama.  The look of the actors may not match what I envisioned or drawings from the books but...who is to say if they won’t be dying someone’s hair blond or red or black or having them gain 20 pounds of muscle or get a tan or whatever.   

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Probably won't watch the series as nothing I've seen so far even remotely follows Jordan's books.  Who decides this stuff?  Instead of altering the story to the point of not recognizing the story or characters, how about following the story the way the author wrote it.  He's the one that made this "TV show" possible.  I hear the earth over Jordan's grave shaking...

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