The Wheel of Time (2021– )

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The Wheel of Time (TV Series 2021– )

The Wheel of Time turns, and ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legends fade to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the third age by some, an Age yet to come, an age long pass, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.
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Creators
Creator Rafe Judkins
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Release Date
Runtime1h 0min
GenreAdventure, Fantasy
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Awards
CompanySony Pictures Television, Amazon Studios, Little Island Productions
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Moiraine / ... 6 episodes, 2021
Rand al'Thor / ... 6 episodes, 2021
Perrin Aybara 6 episodes, 2021
Nynaeve 6 episodes, 2021
Siuan Sanche 6 episodes, 2021
Mat Cauthon 6 episodes, 2021
Egwene Al'Vere 6 episodes, 2021
Min Farshaw 3 episodes, 2021

The Wheel of Time (TV series)

The Wheel of Time is an upcoming American epic fantasy television series set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video. The series is based on Robert Jordan's novel series of the same name and is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios, with Rafe Judkins serving as showrunner.

The first season, consisting of eight episodes, is scheduled to premiere on Prime Video on November 19, 2021, with the release of the first three episodes. The remaining five are set to air on a weekly basis until December 24, 2021. In May 2021, the series was renewed for a second season, ahead of the series premiere.


Premise

The Wheel of Time follows Moiraine, a member of the Aes Sedai, a powerful organization of women who can use magic. She takes a group of five young people on a journey around the world, believing one of them might be the reincarnation of the Dragon, a powerful individual prophesied to either save the world or destroy it.


Cast

  • Rosamund Pike as Moiraine, an Aes Sedai
  • Josha Stradowski as Rand al'Thor
  • Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara
  • Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al'Meara
  • Barney Harris (season 1) and Dónal Finn (season 2) as Mat Cauthon
  • Madeleine Madden as Egwene al'Vere
  • Daniel Henney as al'Lan Mandragoran
  • Michael McElhatton as Tam al'Thor
  • Álvaro Morte as Logain Ablar
  • Hammed Animashaun as Loial, an Ogier
  • Alexandre Willaume as Thom Merrilin, a gleeman
  • Johann Myers as Padan Fain, a traveling merchant
  • Jennifer Cheon Garcia as Leane Sharif, an Aes Sedai
  • Maria Doyle Kennedy as Illa, a Tinker
  • Daryl McCormack as Aram, a Tinker
  • Narinder Samra as Raen, a Tinker
  • Priyanka Bose as Alanna Mosvani, an Aes Sedai
  • Emmanuel Imani as Ihvon, Alanna's Warder
  • Taylor Napier as Maksim, Alanna's Warder
  • Kate Fleetwood as Liandrin Guirale, an Aes Sedai
  • Christopher Sciueref as Abell Cauthon
  • Juliet Howland as Natti Cauthon
  • Mandi Symonds as Daise Congar
  • Lolita Chakrabarti as Marin al'Vere
  • Michael Tuahine as Bran al'Vere
  • David Sterne as Cenn Buie
  • Abdul Salis as Eamon Valda, a Whitecloak
  • Stuart Graham as Geofram Bornhald, a Whitecloak
  • Kae Alexander as Min Farshaw
  • Sophie Okonedo as Siuan Sanche, an Aes Sedai and the Amyrlin Seat
  • Clare Perkins as Kerene Nagashi, an Aes Sedai
  • Peter Franzén as Stepin, a Warder
  • Pasha Bocarie as Master Grinwell
  • Jennifer K Preston as Mistress Grinwell
  • Darren Clarke as Basel Gill

Episodes

No.Title Directed byTeleplay by Original release date 
1"Leavetaking"Uta BriesewitzRafe JudkinsNovember 19, 2021
2"Shadow's Waiting"Uta BriesewitzAmanda ShumanNovember 19, 2021
3"A Place of Safety"TBAThe Clarkson TwinsNovember 19, 2021
4"The Dragon Reborn"TBADave HillNovember 26, 2021
5"Blood Calls Blood"TBACeline SongDecember 3, 2021
6"The Flame of Tar Valon"TBAJustine Juel GillmerDecember 10, 2021

The first episode of the second season is titled "A Taste of Solitude", with the teleplay by Amanda Kate Shuman.


Production

Background

In 2000, NBC optioned the screen rights to Robert Jordan's fantasy novel series The Wheel of Time but did not ultimately proceed with the production. In 2004, Jordan sold the film, television, video game, and comic rights to the series to production company Red Eagle Entertainment. In 2015, Red Eagle Entertainment paid air time to cable network FXX to air Winter Dragon, a 22-minute pilot for a potential The Wheel of Time series starring Billy Zane and Max Ryan that allowed Red Eagle to hold on to the rights to the project. Subsequently, the company sued Jordan's widow, Harriet McDougal, for her comments about the pilot and the lawsuit was resolved in 2016.

Development

A new adaptation of the series was announced on April 20, 2017, produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins was expected to serve as showrunner for the series and executive produce alongside Rick Selvage, Larry Mondragon, Ted Field, Mike Weber, Lauren Selig and Darren Lemke. McDougal was set to serve as a consulting producer. By October 2018, the series had been in development for a year, and Amazon Studios had agreed to produce it. Uta Briesewitz was confirmed as the director of the first two episodes in February 2019. On May 20, 2021, Amazon renewed the series for a second season ahead of the series premiere.

The lead characters from Emond's Field were written as older compared to their book counterparts, as the production team thought that television shows with seventeen-year-old lead characters could feel like young adult fiction, which was not a genre they felt was suitable for the series.

Casting

Rosamund Pike was cast as the lead Moiraine in June 2019. Further main cast members were announced in August 2019: Daniel Henney as Lan Mandragoran, Josha Stradowski as Rand al'Thor, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al'Meara, Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, and Madeleine Madden as Egwene al'Vere. In September 2021, Dónal Finn was cast as Mat Cauthon for the second season when it was announced Harris would not be returning to the role after the first season. In October 2021, Ceara Coveney, Natasha O'Keeffe and Meera Syal joined the cast as series regulars for the second season.

Filming

Principal photography for the first season started on September 16, 2019. Filming in Prague was halted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but had resumed by April 2021 and concluded in May 2021. Filming for the second season began on July 19, 2021.


Release

The series is set to premiere on the streaming service Amazon Prime Video on November 19, 2021, with the first three episodes available immediately and the rest debuting on a weekly basis until December 24, 2021, the season finale. The first two episodes will be shown in theatres in London, UK, and other select cities on November 15, 2021, ahead of the streaming release of the first three episodes.