Moiraine Damodred: Rosamund Pike
Well, my dear readers, we have come to one of the bigger fish in this pond. Rosamund Pike, who will be starring as Moiraine in the upcoming series, holds much more career weight than most of her peers. While I have no doubt she’ll be able to take on the role of the cold and calculating Aes Sedai, let’s take a look together at what molded this Lady of the Silver Screen.
London-born movie star Rosamund Pike began her acting career in 1998 as Celia in the made for TV movie A Rather English Marriage and sorting through her IMDB page that was the beginning of nearly a yearly project to present day. Her first major role was that of Miranda Frost in 2002’s Die Another Day; and then a few roles later Pike starred as Jane Bennet in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice. In the same year as P&P she played Samantha Grimm, sister of Karl Urban’s character in Doom. These are just some of the films that I have either seen or heard of from her early career. As I mentioned, Pike has had the grit to take on either singular or multiple projects every year for the last twenty plus years, so I am extremely confident that she will be able to deliver an amazing performance with all of this experience.
You want me to share a lifetime of knowledge with you in a single afternoon?
Here we are, dear readers, approaching the time when we finally get to see these wonderful men and women bring our favorite characters to life. With performers as good as Pike in their ranks I cannot wait, as I often say, to experience it on the airing date.
If you wish to look further in depth on the information presented here the link to Pike’s IMDB page is as follows: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0683253/
Once again, I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to read my articles. I’ve been anticipating this next article. Almost as if I’ve been commanded to pursue it by some dark force. See you all next time.
al’Lan Mandragoran: Daniel Henney
Apologies for the delay, dear reader. When last we spoke, I mentioned writing this article on a source of anger and consternation for Nynaeve, but did you think I would go for the low hanging fruit that is Moiraine? No, instead I’m choosing to give a highlight to Daniel Henney, or as we will get to know him, al’Lan Mandragoran. Say what you will about their interactions, you can’t deny that he had a way of making her tug her braids. Let us dive in and get to know this actor a little bit better.
Daniel Henney is an American born actor from Michigan. Before his acting career started in 2005 he began as a model in 2001. Thinking about where you may have seen him before you’d place him as some form of agent or officer. Roles such as Agent Zero in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, or Agent Phil Hayes in 2013’s The Last Stand may come to mind. However, if you’ve heard Henney speak, you may recognize his voice from Disney’s 2014 smash hit Big Hero 6’s Tadashi. He has had plenty of experience in the acting field it seems, and a good amount of back and forth between screen and television as a medium, and most has been action-oriented. However, the Wheel of Time series will be his first foray into the Fantasy Genre, and reports show that he himself has stated that this has been the most physically intense project he’s worked on. If you wish to speculate on what that may mean I will happily gush about it with you.
Death is light as a feather; duty, heavy as a mountain.
I know I go on and on about how excited I am about seeing these actors and actresses portray these characters, but it is always a true statement, dear reader. I am more than ready to see Henney don a color-changing cloak and ride into a swarm of trollocs.
If you wish to look further in depth on the information presented here, the link to Henney’s IMDB page is a great source of information. All information provided in this article came from here.
Once again, I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to read my articles. So I feel I should actually write about the charge of this Warder in my next installment.
This article contains spoilers.
Nynaeve al’Meara: Zoë Robins
Greetings once more dear reader. Have you ever been angry and used those emotions to get you through whatever situation you might be in at the time? Trouble at work or maybe dealing with horrid wait times when you’re on a busy schedule? Well today’s article won’t be written in anger, but will draw a focus to it. How do you think Zoë Robbins will do in acting in the role of our favorite braid-tugging Wisdom, Nynaeve al’Meara? Let’s find out together before she locates some sheepstongue root.
Zoë seems to be one of the more rare actors in the lineup so far. She is the only one who has mostly television series acting experience. Beginning her career with The New Tomorrow in 2005 as the character Faygar. While only a bit part for a single episode it appears that this caused her to contract the acting bug further. In 2006 she starred in The Killian Curse as the character Haley. The show revolved around a group of teens dealing with a curse centered on the number 21. She appears for six episodes in the first season. The only review on IMDB read as, “Good but traumatizing. Wish it stayed longer.”, so I would recommend watching with caution. Now we have a ten year gap between 2006 and 2016 where she returned for another bit part in The Shannara Chronicles as the character Zora, but in 2017 is where it gets juicy. She decided it was Morphin’ Time and portrayed the role of Hayley Roster the White Ninja Steel Ranger in Power Rangers Ninja Steel. She kept this role steadily until the season finale in 2018. Now here we are looking at what I would call her biggest role to date and I am really curious, as a fan of Nyneave, to really see how well she does.
You come back here, or I’ll hero you!
It seems that I’ve given Zoë a rather large spotlight on her career and an actor, but to be honest with you reader there wasn’t as much to go on as the others. That being said I truly do see her pulling out the stops and completely owning this role. It’s a gut feeling, but I know we’ll all be impressed and give her the respect a Wisdom, no, an Aes Sedai deserves.
If you wish to look further in depth on the information presented here the link to Zoe’s IMDB page. All information provided in this article came from here.
Once again I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to read my articles. I would follow up with the final member of The Triple Threat, but unfortunately Elayne Trakand has yet to be cast. Instead maybe I’ll write on a source of anger and consternation for Nynaeve…..
This article contains spoilers.
Egwene al’Vere: Madeleine Madden
Welcome back dear readers, for a look at who will be playing what I call, “The Triple Threat.” Egwene al’Vere may not be Ta’veren like the boys; but along with Nynaeve and Elayne she was part of a group of three of the most powerful channelers in the series. I will leave it at that and allow you to read more for yourself if you haven’t already. Egwene’s role has been cast to be played by Madeleine Madden, an Australian actress of no small career. Let’s have a look, shall we?
Madeleine Madden has been making waves in Australia for over a decade now. She made an address to the nation at age thirteen in 2010, and shortly after began her acting career. Madden starred in shorts and bit parts from 2009 until 2013 when she began working on acclaimed series’ such as Redfern Now, The Code, and Ready for This. Ready for This was cited as being Australia’s first indigenous teen drama. Her later works include The Moodys, Jack Irish, and Tomorrow, When the War Began — which is based on the John Marsden young adult novel series. She has spent most of her long career in television series, but has graced the big screen recently, voicing Sammy in Dora and the Lost City of Gold. I am rather taken with the casting choice here. I couldn’t have found a more influential and dedicated actress suited for Egwene and I think she’s going to be an amazing fit.
Let me show them what they taught me!
Up until now I have given brief synopsis for every actor’s work to a certain degree, but the sheer volume and influence of Madden’s career gave me a great deal of trouble singling out and summarizing any one thing. She definitely has the chops and experience to fit the role, and you should be excited as I am to see how she’ll continue to grow with and as Egwene.
If you wish to look further in depth on the information presented here the link to Madden’s IMDB page. All information provided in this article came from here.
Once again I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to read my articles. I can’t do an article on Egwene and not bring the spotlight to the Wisdom of Emond’s Field next. Get ready for Nynaeve al’Meara in next months post!
Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara
Salutations dear reader, and thank you for returning to my next installment of Where They Came From. We’re focusing on Perrin Aybara today, who’s being portrayed by Marcus Rutherford. Where the previous actors we have spotlighted had a few bit parts here and there up until being cast for Wheel of Time, Marcus has a little more experience with television and screen, albeit more condensed to recent years. Follow along as I cover a couple of the main entries.
Marcus Rutherford is native to Nottingham, England, and began his acting career in 2017 with the Short: Country Lines. His big jump was the leading role in 2018’s Obey. He played Leon, a nineteen-year old man who came back home to take care of his alcoholic mother. To make end’s meet while struggling with a lack of education and training he turned to boxing. The film escalated in the latter half to the point where Leon had to choose between a budding romance, or becoming an activist along with his friends to bring change to his home neighborhood.
In 2019 he returned to reprise his role in a full length version of County Lines before moving to a television spot in 2020. He played the role of Dezzy in season two of Bulletproof. I believe this small bit part was to help him get used to acting for a television series for his upcoming Wheel of Time role. As always there are other Shorts and Films he’s been in, and I encourage you to take a look.
How did you ever come to like a common blacksmith?
I definitely had an easier time with research into Marcus’ previous roles because they seem to be more mainstream. That means easier access for you to view his work, dear reader. I am eager to see what he brings to the table for his role as Perrin.
If you wish to look further in depth on the information presented here, the link to Marcus’ IMDB Page. All information provided in this article came from here.
Once again I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to read my articles. I believe it’s high time for a more feminine touch to grace the pages, so next time we’ll be covering Padan Fain! Just kidding, I’m going to write about the innkeeper’s daughter, Egwene al’Vere.