Yesterday, Rafe Judkins, the showrunner of Amazon’s The Wheel of Time and the official Twitter account has announced that actor Daniel Henney (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Criminal Minds) has taken the role of al’Lan Mandragoran aka Lan in the upcoming fantasy series.
I’ve been working all night, but I imagine everyone’s as ecstatic about this as I am. @danielhenney is al’Lan Mandragoran! He was who I saw in my mind from the first moment I started writing, so to have him here in Prague is surreal. The Golden Crane flies for Tarmon Gai’don! https://t.co/8uxpHTpql2
— Rafe Judkins (@rafejudkins) September 4, 2019
Amazon is banking that The Wheel of Time can fill the void left by the end of HBO’s Game of Thrones and will also star Oscar-nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) as Moiraine Damodred.
Other actors in the series include Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, Madeleine Madden as Egwene Al’Vere, Zoe Robins as Nyaeve, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, and Joshua Stradowski as Rand Al’Thor.
“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.”
As alluded to in the tweet filming will take place in Prague and will likely drop on Prime Video sometime in late 2020 or early 2021.