Report: 'Wheel of Time' Has Themselves a Casting Director!

We're anxiously awaiting news about Amazon Studios' upcoming live-action adaptation of Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time book series, which was later completed by Brandon Sanderson following Jordan's passing.

Report: 'Wheel of Time' Has Themselves a Casting Director!

Today's rumor fresh from Tar Valon's eyes-and-ears (well, kinda) has to do with the possibility of casting being right around the corner. According to The Daily Trolloc, casting director Kelly Valentine Hendry! Some of her TV series credits include The Last Kingdom, ExtinctionFleabag, Broadchurch, and Harlots.

This is sort of the closest we've gotten to anything remotely pertaining to casting, so hopefully before too long we'll get an idea of what characters the series is looking to cast.
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.

Briesewitz started off in the industry as a cinematographer, and has numerous tv credits under her directorial belt- The Deuce, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Jessica Jones, Orange Is The New Black, Jane the Virgin, Fear the Walking Dead, and Hung (which she received an Emmy nomination for).

Wheel of Time's early series description reads:

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.

Reportedly, the series will begin filming in September of 2019, so hopefully casting news isn't too far away. We'll of course keep you up to date with news about the series as it's revealed.

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.


About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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