Hey, Y’all!! So I haven’t posted anything since Jordancon back in April. That is because pesky things like kids, and work, and adulting keep getting in the way. As a result, I don’t always have as much time to dedicate to Wheel of Time as I would like. However, I am changing that starting with this.
By now most of you have heard that the Wheel of Time TV series is a go. This is what we know so far:
- Amazon Prime is the Distributor (see the Deadline.com report here)
- Rafe Judkins is the showrunner (What is a showrunner?)
If that name sounds familiar it may be because he has worked on “Agents of SHIELD and “Chuck”. He was also on Survivor: Guatemala (2005).
Even more exciting the following was tweeted on his account:
As you can imagine, this information has set the fandom all “a twitter” (no pun intended). Especially those of us that enjoy casting the characters. I mean, some of us have been doing this for years, decades even.
Now I was thinking about the new show and who I would cast, which led me to think about the casting panel at Jordancon (I am pretty sure I will be on it again next year), and that made me think about the theme for Jordancon 11. The theme is Shai’Con, you know, like Shai’tan…..Jennifer and Aubree really like puns.
Anyway, all that thinking hatched the following idea:
A blog series about casting the villains in The Wheel of Time!!!
Often, (at least in my experience) when fans discuss casting they focus on the Fab Five (Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, and Nynaeve) Moiraine, Thom and Faile. You may get a Lanfear or Moridin or Ishamael.
With this blog series, I want to focus on the “bad guys”; the Forsaken, Darkfriends, the just plain mean characters and of course Padan Fain.
Each post will include the physical description (of course) from the books and the Companion. It will also have my opinion on what traits and abilities an actor would need to be successful in the role. Lastly, it will include some of my picks for each character.
The series will be weekly starting August 1st. The first villain I am going to focus on is Padan Fain (since we meet him first)
Do you have an actor in mind that you think would fit the role of Padan Fain?
Email me at EbonySedai@gmail.com with suggestion and the reason why you think the actor would be a perfect fit. I will include a few suggestions from the fandom.
Check back in a couple weeks for the first post in the “To Cast a Villain: The Forsaken, Darkfriends and More” series.