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Rosamund Pike cast as Moiraine


Jason Denzel
  • Academy Award-nominated actress Rosamund Pike has been cast as Moiraine Damodred in the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show.


Academy Award-nominated actress Rosamund Pike has been cast as Moiraine Damodred in the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show.  The announcement came today when the official Wheel of Time writer's room Twitter account shared an image of the actress reading The Eye of the World

 

Rafe Judkins, the executive producer on the show, said this on Twitter shortly after the announcement:

 

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...As a fan, my conversations with Rosamund about who Moiraine is, where she comes from, what drives her, have been genuinely one of the great privileges of my career. She understands this character in her bones and I get chills thinking about the day she’ll bring her to life.
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After one conversation with her I knew it was the only option.

 

Pike is a well-known actress with significant credits to her name that showcase her amazing range. Some of her notable roles include the lead in Gone Girl, and the James Bond film, Die Another Day. She has the right blend of strength and confidence to carry this essential role in the series. Amazon Studios, the studio that will be airing the show, said with their first official press release that the Wheel of TimeTV show would feature Moiraine's character prominently. Pike will also be credited as a producer on the show

 

In the books, Moiraine has an important role as a mentor and guide. She's the Aes Sedai who finds a handful of young characters, one of whom may potentially turn out to be the prophesied and greatly-feared Dragon Reborn. Her prominently featured role in the show doesn't necessarily mean she'll be the main character for the series, but it's likely Pike will be one of the major headliners. 

 

Be sure to check out our full summary of everything we know about the forthcoming TV show.

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Cool! Now, whom is playing Lan?? Pike will kill it, she always does in the roles she does. Whomever plays Lan must complement her.

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She can't just be confident and cold. She has to be caring, genuine. She has to appear to be colder at first, but unbelievably pressured and unsure behind the scenes. Her character could make or break the first book. 

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Kesef32

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Seeing some of her other movies, I can see her being able to pull it off well. Also to note,  you don't really see Moiraine "unbelievably pressured and unsure behind the scenes" in the first book. It is more when Rand starts doing his own thing, not revealing any of his plans, that she shows more expression outwardly than just being "cold" and emotionless. Minus private conversations with Lan. Even with that, as with most Aes Sedai, those expressions are very small. I would say she conveys her genuine care by her actions in the long run more than her outward appearance.

 

I always imagined Lan similar to how Viggo Mortensen portrays Aragorn in Fellowship of the Ring.

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I think she's a wonderful actress but she really doesn't even come close to Morraines character description. One of the great things about Morraine is how she shows throughout that her diminutive height in no way makes her less capable... and often is used for her advantage to disarm people. I hope to hear this musical voice she has. Such an endearing character full of strength and passion.

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johnsmith123

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But what about the height? That should be a problem.. 5'2 (as described in the books) vs 5'9 for the actress. This would make Lan almost 7 feet tall. If you take the given heights for the people. May  as well make Moiraine taller than Lan... How about making Lan 5'2 and Moirane 6'4? Sounds about right.  

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I'm starting to get slightly worried about the casting announcements, the show is supposed to start in a couple of months and there have been no further casting news. Saying that I would love to see Sofia Boutella in the show. 

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