We’ve been anxiously awaiting any kind of news about Amazon Studios’ upcoming live-action tv series adaptation of Robert Jordan‘s (and later completed by Brandon Sanderson) epic fantasy series “The Wheel Of Time”, and maybe-possibily-rumor-mill-y we can start guessing on one particular thing.
According to Dragonmount on Twitter, actress Rosamund Pike is being rumored for the role of Aes Sedai Moiraine, who will take on a more central role in the Amazon series than she did in the first book.
According to the official “Wheel of Time” writer’s room Twitter account, Pike *IS* playing Moiraine!
Showrunner Rafe Judkins has been the best source of information on the show, even though he’s now adhering to whatever studio-mandated approval process he has to do in order to tweet ANYTHING about it.
That said, Brandon Sanderson is under no such order (or, if he is, it’s no where near as strict, and / or he knows how to talk around actual spoilers) and took to Reddit to offer some insight into the Wheel of Time show. [Big ol’ Manetheren thanks to Dragonmount.com for their compilation of all these comments.]
“They [the writer’s room] went with some unexpected decisions, which I really liked though,” Sanderson posted. “I get to read the scripts and give feedback. I get to push the characters in the direction I want them to go. The first screenplay was really good.”
Sanderson continued his thoughts, talking about those “unexpected decisions” being “excellent choices”, which is good to hear.
“I found the mast majority of these decisions to be excellent choices–things that will give the show its own soul, but still in line with the feel and tone of the books. I can’t say for certain, but my instincts say the fanbase will in general respond to them positively. There are a few I offered suggestions on, and we’ll see.
When the series was officially announced by Amazon, the offered logline was….interesting, considering the main character shift.
The fantasy epic is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. The story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine believes that one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it. The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Buddhism and Hinduism.
Last we heard, the series was moving forward with Westworld‘s Ute Briesewitz on board to direct the first two episodes of the tale. Showrunner Rafe Judkins shared the news, and we adored his admission that Briesewitz “can pronounce Nynaeve like she was born to it,” something with fans of the Village Wisdom have been fighting about for years.
We know that a casting director was recently added to the crop of Dragonsworn in Prague (where the show is reportedly going to be shot), and hopefully we’ll get some news on that soon.
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.