Over the weekend, newish site Recapped (beware the site is NSFW) first posted a potential casting rumor that Oscar-nominated actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, A Private War) has been cast in the lead role of Moiraine in Amazon’s new fantasy series The Wheel of Time.
They have seemingly posted accurate info on The Witcher previously.
Until a trade can confirm the news take the casting rumor with a pinch of salt.
The rumor was backed up yesterday by DiscussingFilm.
Amazon landing a high-profile lead to anchor the fantasy series wouldn’t be terribly out of place. The upcoming Game of Thrones prequel has Naomi Watts and the original series had seasoned character actor Sean Bean as the face of the first season.
The new fantasy series is based on the novels by Robert Jordan and was developed by Rafe Judkins, who was recently announced as adapting the Ubisoft video game The Division for Netflix’s feature film starring Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal directed by Deadpool 2’s David Leitch.
The streaming service is hoping to fill a rather large gap in viewership as HBO’s main Game of Thrones series has come to an end recently. They seemingly hope to get The Wheel of Time along with a Lord of The Rings series up and running very soon, with the latter taking more of an original spin as it’s not directly being adapted from the novels taking place during the Second Age of Middle-Earth.
I’m excited to see how detailed and how expensive these fantasy series will end up looking given how much money is being poured into these new shows by Amazon.
Filming was supposed to begin this summer, but Amazon has yet to officially announce the cast which would be needed by now if they plan on getting cameras rolling in the next month or two for scheduling and rehearsal purposes.
There is also another hiccup with a summer shoot, Deadline recently reported that Pike’s next movie I Care A Lot begins filming next month in Boston, Massachusetts.
Uta Briesewitz is said to be directing two episodes of the series. Her credits include Altered Carbon, Westworld, Jessica Jones, The Defenders, and Stranger Things.
Costume Designer Isis Mussenden is also expected to be working on The Wheel of Time. Isis’ credits include The Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, Masters of Sex, and The Playboy Club.
A release date for the series has yet to be announced but sometime in late 2020 or early 2021 is a good bet to make.