Wheel of Time Panel At NYCC Reveals New Cast Members And A New Clip From The Amazon Series
New York Comic-Con returned in a virtual format this week, with panels on all of our favorite upcoming genre shows. One of the highly anticipated panels was for the upcoming adaptation of The Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime. Set to premiere in November, the cast and crew gathered to discuss the lengthy books by Robert Jordan and how it will come to life onscreen. At the NYCC panel showrunner Rafe Judkins also revealed some new cast members for season 2 of The Wheel of Time, along with brief clip from the series premiere.
The Daughter-Heir of Andor Joins The Cast
Photo by Fay Photography via the actor’s Twitter
First up on the call sheet for new cast members is newcomer Ceara Coveney. She will be playing the character of Elayne Trakand, daughter-heir of the throne of Andor. Elayne is one of the main characters of the series, but it seems like her introduction is getting pushed to season 2. The character – along with her brother Gawyn, and mother Queen Morgase – do appear in the first book The Eye of The World. However, it seems as though some storylines might be getting shuffled around in the first season, so we may not be seeing Coveney as Elayne in November when the series hits the air. But the show has already been renewed for a second season – and the cast and crew are already hard at work on season 2. So we look forward to seeing Elayne in season 2 of The Wheel of Time.
Two New Actresses Join The Wheel of Time For Season 2
A couple of other actresses are also joining the fantasy series in unnamed roles. According to showrunner Rafe Judkins, these two women will play two of the ‘most important’ characters in the series. However, fans have strong suspicions as to who these characters are. So let’s do a little speculation.
Image via BBC
First up is Natasha O’Keeffe of Peaky Blinders fame. With her dark hair and unearthly beauty, O’Keefe is in the running to play the character of Lanfear. One of the mysterious Forsaken, Lanfear is an ancient Aes Sedai who works in service to The Dark One. She also has history with the character known as Lews Therin – the original character called the Dragon who is due to be reborn. A powerful magic user with deadly secrets and even darker magic. Lanfear is certainly an important character for the overall series. Other fans speculate that O’Keefe could also be playing the role of Elaida. This is another Aes Sedai who is hungry for power and covets the role of the Amyrlin Seat – the leader of the Aes Sedai.
Actress Meera Syal | Image via Disney
Perhaps more straightforward is the second actress on this list – Meera Syal. Unlike many of the other newcomers on the call sheet, Syal has a prolific filmography that include roles in Broadchurch, Doctor Who, and many Bollywood films. There are a number of older Aes Sedai whom Syal could portray. But fans seem to be in consensus that she will most likely portray Verin. An Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah, dedicated to scholarship and learning. Verin is definitely an important character in the overall series. One who often aids our young heroes and is trusted by many other Aes Sedai. Verin is a bit of a fan-favorite. And it makes sense for her to show up in the second season of the fantasy series.
A Glimpse Of The World of The Wheel of Time
Along with these casting announcements, fans were also privy to a new clip from the first episode of The Wheel of Time during NYCC. The scene takes place at the Winespring Inn in the Two Rivers. And it gives us some great worldbuilding while establishing the tone of the show. The majority of the main cast are in the scene, and we get a sense of their relationships and characters as Moiraine and Lan sweep dramatically into the building.
The cast also spoke at NYCC about the experience of filming The Wheel of Time, and entering into a world so massive and beloved by fans. There was a general consensus that the showrunners are paying careful attention to every detail. From training in swordfighting, archery, and horseback riding. Right down to the pouch of medicinal herbs carried around by the character of Nynaeve – who is a healer. The actors all seem like they have started a solid attempt at reading the book series. With actor Josha Stradowski (who plays Rand) the farthest along in the series so far. Although showrunner Rafe Judkins says it is hard to keep book spoilers out of the writer’s room. For those members of the crew who want to enjoy the journey as the series progresses.
Overall it sounds like the cast and crew of The Wheel of Time are fully committed to the world and the stories waiting to be told. Like many fans, we are eagerly awaiting the premiere of The Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime. The first three episodes are set to drop on November 19th, with new episodes airing weekly thereafter. Of course we will be watching and reviewing this epic fantasy show, so be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.
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.