Continuing my chronological cast list for the WoT books. I only add a cast member if they are "on-screen" so to speak, not just mentioned.
*** Characters I refuse to cast b/c I can't find anyone that looks like them to me
- Uno Nomeshta
- any of the other Ogiers mentioned
- Voice of the Dark One (sorry SPOILER) - it's just a voice
Here we go!
*UPDATE* I FINALLY cast through the prologue, and already I have 40 CHARACTERS CAST. That's just ridiculous Mr. Jordan. Also, I'm not even casting every character that appears, just the ones I feel are important (or will show up later). This list is gonna get LOOOOONNNNNGGGGG.......
Zachary Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Margaret J. (McArdle), an Irish-American office worker, and Joseph John Quinto, an Italian-American barber. Zachary graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, with the class of 1995, where he won Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly
I originally pictured Rufus Sewell, but decided against him. I saw how Zach played the villian in Heroes, and thought it would be great here ” - truearkael
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway
, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway
, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real
“ Nynaeve al'Meara
It's funny that somehow, I only take bits and pieces of Anne to form my actual mental image of Nynaeve. I think I do that with alot of the characters actually. ” - truearkael
Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. She has a fraternal twin sister. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar
. Her mother, Marlène Jobert
, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of Sephardi Jewish heritage (during that time...
“ Siuan Sanche, Servant of Salidar (former Amyrlin Seat)
Eva was firmly in my mind at this point as Siuan. Obviously stilled, she looks alot younger now. She also has striking eyes ” - truearkael
Fate intervened when Bipasha recoiled and passed out when dissecting a rat. Thus ended her dream of being a medical professional. She was enrolled in the science faculty until 12th standard, but switched to commerce thereafter. After acquiring a degree in commerce she planned to be a chartered accountant but ended up being the Ford Supermodel of the World when she was just 17 years old...
“ Leanne Shariff, Servant of Salidar (former Keeper of Chronicles)
I think I was still struggling to picture Rosario Dawson, who is a fair choice. Just too short. ” - truearkael
Carla Gugino was born in Sarasota, Florida, to Carl Gugino, an orthodontist. She is of Italian (father) and English-Irish (mother) ancestry. Gugino moved with her mother to Paradise, California, when Carla was just five years old. During her childhood, they moved many times within the state. But she remained a straight-A student throughout high school and graduated as valedictorian...
“ Moghedien (disguised as Marigan)
Although she isn't wearing her true face when we first see her, I'm not gonna re-cast just for a disguise (but I did with all of Lanfear's disguises. Oh well) ” - truearkael
Dianna Elise Agron was born in Savannah, Georgia, to parents Ronald and Mary Agron. She grew up in a middle class family, in Savannah, before moving to Texas, and later, San Francisco, California, due to her father's career as a general manager for Hyatt. Dianna and her brother, Jason, were raised Jewish, and she graduated from Burlingame High School with honors...
“ Elayne Trakand, Accepted of Salidar Aes Sedai & Daughter-Heir of Andor
I think for awhile, I was seeing a mix of Rosamund Pike and a few other ladies as Elayne, before I found Dianna ” - truearkael
Canadian actress Katheryn Winnick stars in The History Channel's breakout cable TV series, Vikings
. Her role as "Lagertha" garnered her a nomination in the "Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress" category at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Katheryn is an accomplished martial artist, she received her first Black Belt at the ripe old age of 13...
“ Birgitte Silverbow
Yeah, originally I didn't really picture anyone as Birgitte all the way through the final book, but I really like Katheryn now ” - truearkael
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ Gareth Bryne, Commander of the Salidar Army
I remember when I first started picturing Russell in this role is when he bowed to the Salidar Aes Sedai in the last book. So by this point, he was stuck ” - truearkael
Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner
(née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal
, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal
. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Swedish, English, Swiss-German, and German ancestry...
“ Anaiya Sedai, Blue Ajah, Salidar
I remember when I read these books the first time, this is where all of the Aes Sedai stuff started becoming confusing b/c there were so many of them to keep track of. Picturing various actresses helps with that alot! ” - truearkael
Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Godzilla (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). For her role in the critically acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)...
“ Janya Frende, Sitter for the Brown Ajah, Salidar
Described as "slender with short, dark hair. She is pretty except for her perpetual frown. She is unusually neat for one of the Brown Ajah." This is my first time casting this role (along with many other of the Aes Sedai probably) so we'll see how she fits... ” - truearkael
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix...
“ Min Farshaw
Not sure what else I can say at this point about Min, except that I think I was finally seeing her as Emma by this point in the series. Maybe. ” - truearkael
Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. Starring in films and popular television shows, Wilde shares the screen with renowned actors while simultaneously giving back to the community. Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York City, to journalists Leslie Cockburn
(née Leslie Corkill Redlich) and Andrew Cockburn
“ Faile ni Bashere t’Aybara
Part of the reason I like Olivia in this role comes from Perrin's description of her in how she gets angry with him, but she's still gorgeous. I imagine Olivia would still be beautiful no matter how much rage tried to contort her face... ” - truearkael
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction (1994)...
“ Cenn Buie
Good ol' Cenn always steals the show when he shows up. Complaint after complaint, and I still like him for some reason... ” - truearkael
Henry Cavill is a British actor. Cavill began his career starring as Albert Mondego in the 2002 film adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. He star in minor and supporting roles in television shows such as BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Midsomer Murders and The Tudors before transitioning to more mainstream Hollywood films such as Tristan & Isolde, Stardust and Immortals...
“ Perrin Aybara
You know, at the time of this list, I realize that Henry is about 10 years too old to play Perrin, but oh well. He's the closest I've found to how I see him. ” - truearkael
Ian Joseph Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978) is an American actor, model and director. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries. Somerhalder was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, the son of Edna, a massage therapist...
Another that's too old, and I honestly don't picture him exactly like this, but close enough I guess ” - truearkael
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan endeared himself to audiences with his recurring role on ABC's smash hit series, Grey's Anatomy
. His dramatic arc as heart patient "Denny Duquette", who wins the heart of intern "Izzie Stevens" (Katherine Heigl
) in a star-crossed romance, made him a universal fan favorite. He also had recurring roles on The CW and Warner Bros...
“ Tam al'Thor
He's the perfect actor for this role I think. Hard to picture him as anyone else ” - truearkael
Alexander Richard Pettyfer was born in Hertfordshire and raised in Windsor. His mother, Lee (Robinson), is an interior designer. His father, Richard Pettyfer
, is a fellow actor. His parents divorced and Alex now has a younger half-brother, James, from his mother's re-marriage to a property developer, Michael Ireland. James is a junior tennis player...
“ Gawyn Trakand
It's easy to picture him with red-gold curls. ” - truearkael
“ Sevanna, Wise One (kinda) for the Shaido Aiel
I remember watching an episode of Heroes with her in it, and though she would be perfect for the way I picture Sevanna. Just needs a little more tan obviously ” - truearkael
“ Therava, Wise One of the Shaido Aiel
I honestly struggled for awhile with this one, settled on casting Anjelica Houston without truly picturing her this way, and then remembered this lady from Batman Forever, and realized this was exactly how I pictured Therava upon first reading her description. So there!!! ” - truearkael
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh
and Tony Curtis
. She got her big break at acting in 1978 when she won the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween
. After that, she became famous for roles in movies like Trading Places
“ Desaine, Wise One of the Shaido Aiel
Ok, so this is a very minor role, but I decided to fill it as something interesting happens later in the book... ” - truearkael
Meghan Ory is a Canadian actress, she was born in Victoria, British Columbia. She Started acting in theater before her teens, but was prohibited by her mother-a drama teacher-from auditioning for film and TV roles until she could pay for her own head shots. She also made film debut in The Darklings...
“ Katerine Alruddin, Black Ajah
I never officially cast her the first time around, but I do think I pictured this lady after watching the first season of Once Upon a Time. She seems to fit the description fairly well ” - truearkael
“ Coiren Saeldain, Aes Sedai of the Gray Ajah
Another role I never cast, and I don't think I ever pictured until finding her for this list. We'll see if she fits... ” - truearkael
Shannon Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of a Syrian/Lebanese father and a mother who is English, Irish and German. When Shannon was in 3rd grade, her family moved to Waco, Texas, where most of her relatives already lived. As a girl, Shannon took dance lessons, including tap, ballet...
“ Erian Boroleos, Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah
Too many Aes Sedai to cast. And most of them stick around for awhile, which is why I even bother to cast them. Shannon fits pretty well, just needs black hair instead of brown ” - truearkael
Raven-haired beauty Jordana Brewster was born on April 26, 1980 in Panama City, Panama. Her mother, Maria João (Leal de Sousa), is a Brazilian-born model who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1978. Her father, Alden Brewster, is an American-born investment banker who has English and Scottish ancestry...
“ Nesune Bihara, Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah
Nearly black eyes, dark hair, birdlike eyes (kinda). I'm going strictly on looks here b/c I don't know much about the actress actually ” - truearkael
Amelia Fiona J. Driver was born January 31, 1970 in Finsbury Park, London. Her mother, Gaynor Churchward
, was a designer and former couture model and her father, Charles Ronald "Ronnie" Driver, was a businessman. She has a sister, Kate Driver
, who is a model and a producer. Minnie's mother was her father's mistress...
“ Galina Casban, Black Ajah
I remember seeing this on another list and just thought "why not?" So she was stuck after that. I guess it's the more round face that Minnie has that makes her fit ok ” - truearkael
Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. She is the daughter of Ann Lee (Cordell) and Donald Wade Basinger, a loan manager. Both her parents had been in entertainment; her father had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams
“ Morgase Trakand, Queen of Andor
For awhile I pictured Uma Thurman as Morgase, but Kim in her younger years was too perfect, so I changed her ” - truearkael
Lambert Wilson was born in Paris and studied acting at the Drama Centre in London. A fluent English speaker, he made his feature film debut at the age of twenty-two in Fred Zinnemann's Five Days One Summer (1981) starring opposite Sean Connery. He went on to work with many of France's most prestigious auteur directors...
“ Ailron, King of Amadicia (a.k.a. Whitecloak Puppet)
Just based on his description (somewhat handsome with a long nose and big ears; wavy dark hair receding), I thought of the Merovingian from the Matrix series. He's actually a minor character, despite being a king, so he's close enough ” - truearkael
James Paul Marsden, or better known as just James Marsden, was born on September 18, 1973, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to Kathleen (Scholz) and James Luther Marsden. His father, a distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University, and his mother, a nutritionist, divorced when he was nine years old...
“ Martyn Tallanvor, Guardsman-Lieutenant to Queen Morgase
I believe this is the book where I started picturing him as Tallanvor. Maybe not during the prologue where he first shows up, but by the end of the book definitely ” - truearkael
Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in "Macbeth"...
“ Basel Gill
I originally pictured Barliman Butterbur from the Fellowship of the Ring in this role, but changed it to Mr. Spall upon reread ” - truearkael
Ralf Rudolf Moeller (born on 12. January 1959) is a German-American actor and former Mr. Universe. He is well-known for his roles as Brick Bardo in Cyborg, Kjartan in The Viking Sagas, as hero in the TV series "Conan the Adventurer", Hagen in Gladiator, Thorak in The Scorpion King and Ulfar in Pathfinder - The Legend of the Ghost Warrior...
Well, just watch Gladiator, and you'll see why I picked him for this role ” - truearkael
“ Lini Eltring
I definitely stole this one from my go-to-casting-thievery list, but she seems to fit really well. She would also make a good Sorilea ” - truearkael
Kate Mara is an American actress. She starred in the Netflix political drama House of Cards as Zoe Barnes and appeared in the Fox TV series 24 as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg. She made her film debut in 1999 with Random Hearts. She appeared in Brokeback Mountain (2005), We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007)...
“ Breane Taborwin
Not as old as the description, but otherwise she fits really well ” - truearkael
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ancestry...
“ Pedron Niall, Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light
I never cast Niall upon my initial read of the series, but I remembered this actor while rereading the 3rd book and I like him in this role ” - truearkael
John Hannah is the youngest child of his family, having two older sisters. Before he decided on a career as an actor, John was an apprentice electrician for four years. He gave up his work as an electrician after being accepted to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. After years of struggling...
“ Sebban Balwer
I used to have him as Padan Fain, but since I recast that role, I'm able to transplant him here. ” - truearkael
Julian Dana William McMahon was born in Sydney, Australia, the second of three children of Lady Sonia McMahon (née Sonia Rachel Hopkins) and Sir Billy McMahon
, the longest continuously serving government minister in Australian history, serving over 21 years as a government minister before serving as Prime Minister of Australia from March 1971 to December 1972...
“ Jaichim Carridin
By this point, he's so ingrained that even if I ran across someone else that might fit better, I don't think I would be able to change him in my mind ” - truearkael
Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
I've run across some other excellent casting choices for Mesaana, but for now I'm sticking with Mrs. Connelly ” - truearkael
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next seven years. While living in the Dominican Republic...
I remember not being able to settle on anyone in this role for awhile, but then I thought it would be neat to picture Zoe as a sadistic evil person, and she's stuck now ” - truearkael
Christina Rene Hendricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. Her father, Robert, originally from England, worked for the U.S. Forest Service, while her mother, Jackie Sue (Raymond), was a psychologist. At the age of 13 her father transferred to the Forest Service Washington...
All she needs is a golden curly wig, and she's the absolute perfect Graendal. I can't imagine anyone else playing her ” - truearkael
Kelly Brook (born 23 November 1979) is an English model, actress and television presenter best known for her roles in the 2010 horror comedy remake Piranha 3D and in the NBC sitcom One Big Happy. Brook was born and raised in Rochester, Kent, as Kelly Ann Parsons. She is the daughter of Sandra Kelly...
For awhile, I used Sofia Vergara here, but it's hard not to picture her Mexican accent, and so I'm changing her. All Mrs. Brook needs is green eyes, and she's perfect ” - truearkael
As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person"...
Here's one where I'm changing out yet again. I originally used Adrien Brody, but he's too skinny I think. And I did see Mr. Spacey on another list and thought he'd be a perfect replacement ” - truearkael
Eddie Redmayne is an English actor, model and singer. Brought up in Westminster, Redmayne attended Eton College and began his professional acting career as a youth in London theatre before making his screen debut in 1998 with guest appearances on television. He made his feature film debut in 2006 with Like Minds and The Good Shepherd and went on to appear in films such as Savage Grace (2007)...
“ Rand al'Thor, The Dragon Reborn
After going through the entire prologue without him, we FINALLY get to see what Rand is up to. And about Eddie, just like with Nynaeve, I think I take different parts of him to form my mental image of Rand, b/c he's not exactly like Eddie, but similar. ” - truearkael
“ Sulin, Maiden of the Spear of the Goshien Aiel
I know she's WAY too young for Sulin, but upon my first read when I read Sulin's description, I thought of Switch from The Matrix. So now, instead of recasting, I just think of Belinda as she would look much older. And it works for my mental image of Sulin. Of course, casting a series, she would need to be recast. Oh well... ” - truearkael
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful. Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant banker...
“ Arymilla Marne, High Lady of Andor
During my first read, I had HBC cast as Moghedien. But for some reason I wanted to change her. And HBC has the sort of plumply beautiful look that is described for Arymilla, so I put her here. ” - truearkael
Claire graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theater. Her career began on stage at age 5 with The Mountain Play theater company in Marin County, California. She worked extensively with regional theaters in the Bay Area and Central Coast of California before attending Northwestern and then moving to Los Angeles.
“ Elenia Sarand, Lady of Andor
She kinda has a fox-like or vulpine face, and honey blonde hair. She'll do ” - truearkael
Edgar Ramirez Arellano is a Venezuelan actor, born on March 25, 1977 in the city of San Cristobal (Tachira State, southwest Venezuela). He is the son of Soday Arellano, an attorney, and Filiberto Ramírez, a military officer. Being the son of a soldier and living abroad with his family, he learned several languages...
“ Jarid Sarand, Lord of Andor
I needed a square-faced dark person to fit the description, and he's close enough... ” - truearkael
Julia Voth (born May 16, 1985) is a Canadian-born American actress and model. She starred alongside America Olivo
and Erin Cummings' in the action film Bitch Slap
, playing down-on-her-luck stripper named Trixie. The film went to The Cannes International Film Festival and The Toronto International Film Festival...
“ Naean Arawn, Lady of Andor
Dark hair, blue eyes, paley beautiful. She'll do as I don't know much about her... ” - truearkael
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister (from 1891 to 1892)...
“ Nasin Caeren, Lord of Andor
I believe he's the guy I originally pictured. Mabye not quite "bony" enough though... ” - truearkael
Mandy Patinkin was born Mandel Bruce Patinkin in Chicago, Illinois, to Doris "Doralee" (Sinton), a homemaker and cookbook writer, and Lester Patinkin, who operated two scrap metal plants. He is of Russian Jewish and Latvian Jewish descent. Growing, up he began singing in synagogue choirs at the age of 13-14 and still continues to use his fantastic voice in musicals and in recordings...
“ Davram Bashere, Lord General of Saldea
Again, he's way too tall, but every other aspect is a good fit. ” - truearkael
Model and actress Rachel Emily Nichols was born in Augusta, Maine to Alison and James Nichols, a teacher. She has English, French-Canadian, German, Irish, Italian and Scottish ancestry. After graduating from high school, she attended Columbia University in New York City, where she eventually graduated with a double major in math and economics...
“ Somara, Maiden of the Spear of the Bent Peak Daryne Aiel
I only just cast her while making the list for book 5, and she seems to fit really well ” - truearkael
Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer)...
“ Lews Therin Telamon
Even though we don't actually "see" him, Rand is now actively hearing him in his head, and therefore I'm casting him b/c of his voice. Good enough ” - truearkael
“ Mazrim Taim
My original pick was actually nobody, and then I decided to cast Christian Bale for some reason, but he doesn't really fit the description. Then I checked my go-to-thievery list, and I stole yet another casting. He's MUCH better ” - truearkael