From Three Rivers to The Two Rivers: Daniel Henney to Play Lan in Amazon’s Wheel of Time

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BY October 3, 2019

Casting news for The Wheel of Time continued today with the announcement that Daniel Henney will be playing the character of a’Lan Mandragoran in the upcoming Amazon Prime series.

Henney joins a diverse young cast of actors for Wheel of Time. Oscar-nominated actress Rosamund Pike stars as Moiraine Damodred. Henney’s character of Lan will be the Warder for Pike’s Moiraine. Warders are bodyguards and companions of the Aes Sedai. These ageless women can channel the magical force known as The One Power without going mad. However, Lan is far more than a simple Warder. He is a much beloved character with his own tragic history and motivations. Fans looking for insight into his character can check out the prequel book – A New Spring – which delves into Lan’s backstory and the origins of his unique bond with Moiraine.

Wheel of Time Casting - A New Spring Cover with Lan and Moiraine Moraine & Lan in A New Spring (Artwork by Jason Chan)

Wheel of Time Wednesdays Bring Casting Announcements

Henney rose to fame starring in dramas in his native South Korea. He made his American acting debut in the CBS show Three Rivers. Henney’s other credits include roles in Hawaii Five-0, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine where he played the role of Agent Zero. Now Henney will journey from three rivers to the Two Rivers of Emond’s Field in Wheel of Time.

The internet was abuzz after the last #WoTWednesday post, when showrunner Rafe Judkins revealed that three significant protagonists are to be played by actors of color. With the addition of Daniel Henney, the show is proving to be quite progressive. New Zealand actress Zoë Robins will play Nynaeve al’Meara, British actor Marcus Rutherford is Perrin Aybara, and indigenous Australian actress Madeleine Madden will bring Egwene al’Vere to life. Rounding out the primary cast so far is Barney Harris as Matrim Cauthon, and Josha Stradowski playing the role of Rand al’Thor. With production set to begin this month in Prague, we can expect to see more casting news rolling out as we approach the end of the year.

Wheel of Time Casting - the five from Emond's Field Madeline Miller, Marcus Rutherford, Barney Harris, Zoë Robins, Josha Stradowski (Amazon Prime)

A Beloved Fantasy Series Comes To Life

Amazon announced last October that it would be adapting Robert Jordan’s sprawling fantasy epic into a television series. Long-awaited by a generation of fantasy fans, Wheel of Time will premiere on Prime in 2021. The official synopsis indicates that the first season will focus on Moiraine’s search for a foretold hero. But a focus on Moiraine inevitably means more screen-time for her Warder – Lan – and the actor portraying him.

“Set in a sprawling world where magic exists but can only be used by women, the story follows Moiraine. A member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization the Aes Sedai. She embarks on a dangerous journey with five young men and women… She believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual. Prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.”

The official Twitter account for the Wheel of Time series is breaking news with the hashtag #WoTWednesday. If you want to keep up with the latest news on sci-fi & fantasy book adaptations, along with the latest comics buzz, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured image via Lotte Entertainment

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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