Amazon and showrunner & EP Rafe Judkins' upcoming live-action series adaptation of Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" novels is one of those productions that we've been covering for so long that you almost forget that it's eventually going to end. But with the series set to hit streaming screens this November, the end is finally at hand. After weeks of teasers and previews, viewers were promised an official teaser trailer drop on Thursday from none other than series star Rosamund Pike (Moiraine) via video. Well, it's Thursday and that promise was definitely kept in a big way with the release of the first extended look at the highly-anticipated series.
Now here's your look at the official teaser trailer for Amazon's The Wheel of Time, set to hit the streaming service this November 19th, followed by some more intel on the series from Judkins and Pike:
"The Wheel of Time" Brings an Ensemble Approach that Makes It Unique to Adapt: "'Wheel of Time' is the first fantasy series that really dove into the political and cultural worlds of all these different characters. It was also one of the first to dive into multiple POV characters, so you're following an ensemble, with each of them having their own agendas and approaches to everything. That's always felt to me like the missing piece of the fantasy-literature landscape that hasn't been brought to TV or film yet." – Judkins.
Rosamund Pike's Moiraine "Is the Guide Figure in This World": "Moiraine is the guide figure in this world, the mysterious stranger who comes to town and changes their lives forever. They leave with her on a journey that will either save or destroy humanity." – Pike
In This World, Women Rule & Men Kept Powerless- For a Reason: Like the rest of the Aes Sedai, Moiraine can tap into a magical force known as the One Power- a power that used men and women used to access until an evil known as the Dark One cursed the male half. So if you're a dude like Logain (Álvaro Morte) who's looking to tap into that power? Consider yourself on the Aes Sedai radar. "Just as men are often trying to shut down female power in our world, the Aes Sedai are trying to stop this man from becoming too powerful," Judkins reveals. "If, hypothetically, one of our male characters were able to use the One Power, they understand the stakes of it from what they see of Logain." Of course, that's going to become an issue when Moiraine suspects that either Rand (Josha Stradowski), Mat (Barney Harris), or Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) has that gift.
Judkins & Amazon Spared No Expense to Tell Jordan's Story the Way It Was Meant to Be Told: "We literally built Shadar Logoth from scratch just for 15 minutes of airtime because it's that important to the series. That's where it becomes very clear it's not just the forces of good and evil. There are lots of different angles." – Judkins.
Amazon Prime's The Wheel of Time stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine, Josha Stradowski as Rand al'Thor, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al'Meara, Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, Madeleine Madden as Egwene al'Vere, Daniel Henney as Lan Mandragoran, Michael McElhatton as Tam al'Thor, Álvaro Morte as Logain Ablar, Hammed Animashaun as Loial, Alexandre Willaume as Thom Merrilin, Johann Myers as Padan Fain, Jennifer Cheon Garcia as Leane Sharif, Priyanka Bose as Alanna Mosvani, Emmanuel Imani as Ihvon, and Taylor Napier as Maksim.
Recent additions to the cast include Lolita Chakrabarti as Marin Al'Vere, Michael Tuahine as Bran Al'Vere, David Sterne as Cenn Buie, Christopher Sciueref as Abell Cauthon, Juliet Howland as Natti Cauthon, Mandi Symonds as Daise Conger, Abdul Salis as Eamon, Stuart Graham as Geofram, Pasha Bocarie as Master Grinwell, Jennifer Preston as Mistress Grinwell, Izuka Hoyle as Dana, Darren Clarke as Basel Gill, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Illa, Narinder Samra as Raen, Daryl McCormack as Aram, Sophie Okonedo as Siuan Sanche, Kae Alexander as Min, Clare Perkins as Kerene, Peter Franzen as Stepin, and Kate Fleetwood as Liandrin.
Uta Briesewitz (Westworld) is set to direct the first two episodes. Isis Mussenden is attached to the project as costume designer, with Karen E. Goulekas serving as the visual effects supervisor. Amazon Prime's The Wheel of Time is executive produced by showrunner Rafe Judkins (Chuck, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), alongside Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures, and Darren Lemke. Harriet McDougal serves as a consulting producer. Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios, The Wheel of Time will launch in over 200 countries and territories.