The Wheel of Time is an upcoming American epic fantasy web TV series set to premiere on Prime Video. Know about its plot, cast, production updates and release date.
The Wheel of Time is an upcoming American epic fantasy web TV series set to premiere on Prime Video. It is based on Robert Jordan’s bestselling novel series of the same name, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios, with Rafe Judkins serving as showrunner. One of the most popular fantasy franchises of the literary world, it has sold nearly 80 million copies across the world. The adaptation has incited excitement among cinephiles and bibliophiles alike who are eagerly waiting for its premiere on Amazon Prime. Let’s have a detailed look at everything you need to know about The Wheel of Time TV series.
What is the Premise of The Wheel Of Time?
The Wheel of Time takes place during a time known as the “Third Age,” which is roughly more than three millennia past a cataclysmic event known as “The Breaking of the World,” which put an end to a technologically advanced era known as “The Age of Legends.” In this universe, magic (controlled through an ability known as “channelling”) is real and society looks a whole lot like medieval Europe.
The first season of Amazon’s adaptation is based on the first book in the series, The Eye of the World, which follows Moiraine Damodred, who is a part of Aes Sedai (an all-female magic organisation) and her attempts to find the Dragon Reborn, a prophesized figure whose actions will eventually save or doom humanity.
Accompanied by her friend Egwene al’Vere and wise-woman Nynaeve, the group sets off for the Aes Sedai city of Tar Valon, avoiding forces sent by the Dark One along the search of the Dragon Reborn. The multiple subplots of the book are coherently integrated into the narrative and make for a great read. In order to familiarize the audience, the official Wheel of Time on Prime Twitter account is hosting a book club during quarantine, so you can read along with fans old and new.
The Cast of The Wheel Of Time Season 1
Amazon Prime has made several announcements regarding the cast of their big-budget fantasy series on their social media handles.
- 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 al’Lan Mandragora
- Michael McElhatton as Tam al’Thor
- Álvaro Morte as Logain Ablar
- Hammed Animashaun as Loial
- Priyanka Bose as Alanna Mosvani
- Emmanuel Imani as Ihvon, Alanna’s Warder
- Taylor Napier as Maksim, Alanna’s Warder
- Kate Fleetwood as Liandrin Guirale
- 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
- Pasha Bocarie as Master Grinwell
- Jennifer Preston as Mistress Grinwell
- Izuka Hoyle as Dana
Rafe Judkins, the writer of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hemlock Grove, is the show’s main showrunner and executive producer. Red Eagle Entertainment’s Larry Mondragon and Rick Selvage, Radar Pictures’ Ted Field and Mike Weber, Darren Lemke, Marigo Kehoe, too will be serving as executive producers. Uta Briesewitz, along with being an executive producer is also slated to direct the first two episodes of the series. Robert Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal and author Brandon Sanderson (who finished penning the series after Jordan’s death) will be serving as consulting producers.
The visual effects (given this is a high fantasy series with a huge budget and a complex magic system, there will be many) will be done by a company called Cinesite, which has been responsible for the VFX in Avengers: Endgame, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Netflix’s The Witcher.
What has been the progress of the show?
Principal photography for the first season started in September 2019. In March 2020, shoots in Prague were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic with all the cast and crew returning to their homes. However, in an interview with Thrillist, Rafe Judkins gave some reassuring news about the state of the show. He said, “The nice thing about [the quarantine hold on production] is that we will now have all eight scripts going into prep for Season 2, which will let us do such a better job with it and it lets me focus more on the scripts and the editing that we’re doing right now because we’re not shooting.”
Is there a Trailer for The Wheel Of Time?
Unfortunately, there is no trailer as of now but it is anticipated that major announcements might drop pretty soon on the social media handles of Amazon Prime. So, all we can do is wait with bated breath and see how things eventually unfold.
When Will The Wheel of Time Premiere on Amazon Prime?
With the global pandemic having halted movie and TV production all over the world, the show will definitely be delayed. In addition, the VFX- heavy narrative too will need some time. Hence, we can expect the release date to be kept somewhere near mid-late 2021.
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