Actor Michael McElhatton has joined Amazon’s upcoming Wheel of Time adaptation. The actor is well known for playing the worst dad – Roose Bolton – on Game of Thrones. Now, he will play against the stereotype as one of fantasy’s best fictional fathers in the Wheel of Time series. Tam Al’Thor is an important figure in the fantasy series, and his life lessons are vital for the development of one of the series main protagonists Rand Al’Thor (Josha Stradowski).
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Michael McElhatton Joins Wheel of Time On Amazon Prime
Rumors circulated that McElhatton was in the cast last month. When Amazon released a video of the first Wheel of Time table-read, we spotted the Game of Thrones actor at the table with the primary cast. There was a lot of speculation about what role he might play. However, the actor did not get any speaking lines in that video, and there was debate over whether or not it was really the GoT actor (including in the Comic Years Slack chat!). Now the official Wheel of Time account on Twitter confirmed the casting and his role as Tam Al’Thor.
Michael McElhatton at the WOT Table Read | Image via Amazon
Tam Is An Important Character In The Wheel of Time Series
Tam Al’Thor is a kind and trusted elder in the Two Rivers. In the first book – Eye of the World – he actually has the first line of dialogue (after the prologue). His words set the tone for the series. Although Tam is a simple farmer in EOTW, he was once a soldier who earned a prestigious heron-marked blade. He teaches Rand many of the vital skills and morals that carry him throughout the series.
McElhatton is a prolific actor with over 80 acting credits to his name on IMDB. Recently he appeared in Chernobyl and in the supernatural spy mini-series The Rook. Although genre fans know him best as Roose Bolton, the actor has clearly demonstrated his range over a long and illustrious career. Michael McElhatton is certainly a welcome addition to the Wheel of Time family. He also joins Rosamund Pike, Daniel Henney, Josha Stradowski, Madeline Madden, Barney Harris, Marcus Rutherford, and Zoë Robins for the upcoming fantasy series. Wheel of Time is set to premiere on Amazon Prime in 2021.
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