Amazon's The Wheel of Time Series Adds Recurring Stars
Deadline announced that the cast of the adaptation of Amazon's fantasy novel The Wheel of Time is expanding with the additions of Priyanka Bose (Lion), Taylor Napier (All About April) and Emmanuel Imani (Black Earth Rising) in recurring roles.
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The trio will join previously announced cast members Daniel Henney (Big Hero 6), Madeleine Madden (Tidelands), Zoë Robins (Power Rangers Ninja Steel), Barney Harris (Click), Marcus Rutherford (Obey) and Josha Stradowski (Just Friends) )) Based on Robert Jordan's epic fantasy of the same name, the series will be led by Oscar nominee and Golden Globe nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), who will play Moiraine's lead role.
The lion star has taken on the role of Alanna Mosyani, a member of the powerful women's organization Aes Sedai, known for her kindness and temperament. She has two Wanders by the names of Ihvon (Imani) and Maksim (Napier), who all have a complicated relationship built on love, sex and respect, which makes them a force to be reckoned with in battle.
The Wheel of Time, which has sold over 90 million books worldwide, is set in an epic and wide world where magic exists, but only women can use it. The story follows Moiraine (Pike), a member of the dark and influential women's organization called Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a perilous world journey with five boys and girls. Moiraine believes that one of them may be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual who, according to prophecy, will save humanity or destroy it. The series is based on various elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, notably the cyclical nature of the time found in Buddhism and Hinduism.
Emmy nominee Uta Briesewitz (Westworld, This Is Us, Jessica Jones) will direct the first two episodes. Rafe Judkins (SHIELD agents Hemlock Grove) is developing the TV series and will act as a showrunner with the co-production of Sony Pictures TV. Judkins is also an executive producer alongside Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures and Darren Lemke. Harriet McDougal, the Jordanian widow, will act as a consulting producer. Pike will also produce.
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Wheel of Time began with The Eye of the World in 1990 and ended with A Memory of Light in 2013. The final book was completed by Brandon Sanderson when Jordan passed away in 2007. From the eighth to fourteenth book of The Wheel of Time each one reached number one in New York Times Best Seller List. The story follows a group of characters led by Rand al & Thor in the quest for Dragon Reborn. There are 14 novels in the series, which was nominated for a Hugo Award upon completion. Combined, the books sold over 90 million copies, second only to the fantasy novel champion The Lord of the Rings – which is also being developed in a series for Amazon.