Wheel of Time 01 Cast - The Eye of the World

by truearkael | created - 22 Jan 2014 | updated - 22 Jan 2014 | Public

I was using another website to cast my Wheel of Time re-read, but the site's API stopped working, so now I am here. I will attempt to transfer the lists I have already completed and may continue. I am listing the characters for each Wheel of Time book in chronological order, but in the order they appear "on-screen" so to speak, not just mentioned. Also, I will do my best to not include spoilers either.

A character I refuse to put an actor to is Loial. He's an Ogier, and there's not a human out there who looks like him in my mind's eye, so I will not be casting him

Yet another character I won't be casting is Someshta (The Green Man). Everything I said for Loial applies even more here. However, I could picture his voice as similar to Treebeard in the LotR movies

Here is the list for book one... Enjoy!

1. Sean Bean

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sean Bean's career since the eighties spans theatre, 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 ...

Lews Therin Telamon - At one point I pictured Liam Neeson sorta-kinda, but he fits this character so much better than Liam did, I think

2. January Jones

Actress | X: First Class

January Jones was born on January 5, 1978 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is the daughter of Karen Sue (née Cox), a sporting goods store manager, and Marvin Roger Jones, a gym teacher and fitness director. She is of Czech, Danish, English, Welsh, and German ancestry. She was named after the ...

Ilyena Therin Moerelle - Well, I needed someone for Ilyena, and she doesn't appear for that long, so January Jones will do

3. Mark Strong

Actor | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

British actor Mark Strong, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), is often cast as cold, calculating villains. But before he became a famous actor, he intended to pursue a career in law.

Strong was born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England, to an ...

Elan Morin Tedronai (Ishamael) - I remember seeing him on another list for Ishamael, and he's perfect IMO for this role

4. Eddie Redmayne

Actor | Les Misérables

British actor Eddie Redmayne is the first, and thus far only, millennial male to have won an acting Oscar (for The Theory of Everything (2014)).

Edward John David Redmayne was born and raised in London, England, the son of Patricia (Burke) and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessman. His ...

Rand al'Thor - Took me awhile to get a good picture of Rand, but then I remembered him from Pillars of the Earth

5. Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Actor | Watchmen

Jeffrey Dean Morgan endeared himself to audiences with his recurring role on ABC's smash hit series, Grey's Anatomy (2005). 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...

Tam al'Thor - Saw this on another list and knew it was perfect for Tam.

6. Samuel L. Jackson

Actor | Pulp Fiction

Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), Formula 51 (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), ...

Cenn Buie - I re-read EotW after I saw Django Unchained, and his performance in that movie sold me on this role. He is described as a "dark" man, and gnarled as an old root...

7. Jeremy Sumpter

Actor | Peter Pan

Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter was born on February 5, 1989 in Monterey, California, to Sandra (Johnson) and Gary Sumpter. He was raised in his mother's hometown, Mount Sterling, Kentucky. At a young age, he enjoyed mountain climbing and play with his friends like any other normal kid, but when he ...

Matrim Cauthon - I thought of the 2003 Peter Pan movie and said "that dude grown up would make a great Mat."

8. Brian Cox

Actor | X2

Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor. He was born on June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland, to Mary Ann Guillerline Cox, maiden surname McCann, a spinner, and Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, a shopkeeper and butcher. His father was of Irish ancestry and his mother was of Irish and Scottish ...

Bran al’Vere - I like him in this role

9. Marion Cotillard

Actress | La môme

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton.

Raised in Orléans, France, she made her ...

Moiraine Damodred - I never really pictured Rachel Weisz (the popular choice) as Moiraine, and Marion is so much closer to how i picture her

10. Anson Mount

Actor | Crossroads

Anson is an American actor, born in Mount Prospect, IL and grew up in White Bluff, Tennessee. His mother is Nancy Smith, a former professional golfer. His father Anson Adams Mount II was one of the original contributing editors to Playboy magazine. Anson has an older brother Anson Adams III and a ...

Lan Mandragoran - I struggled for a LONG time to find an actor that looked even remotely the way I picture Lan, but I finally found Mr. Anson Mount. He's ALMOST perfect!!!

11. Robert Carlyle

Actor | The Full Monty

Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...

Padan Fain - Wasn't my first pick as Fain, but he's so much better...

12. Henry Cavill

Actor | Man of Steel

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill was born on the Bailiwick of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the Channel Islands. His mother, Marianne (Dalgliesh), a housewife, was also born on Jersey, and is of Irish, Scottish and English ancestry. Henry's father, Colin Richard Cavill, a stockbroker, is of ...

Perrin Aybara - Always had trouble casting Perrin, then I saw the Man of Steel trailer and I was sold

13. Anne Hathaway

Actress | Les Misérables

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 ...

Nynaeve al’Meara - I struggled w/ Nynaeve, and didn't really picture her as Anne until the 3rd or 4th book

14. Emilia Clarke

Actress | Game of Thrones

British actress Emilia Clarke was born in London and grew up in Berkshire, England. Her father is a theatre sound engineer and her mother is a businesswoman. Her father was working on a theatre production of "Show Boat" and her mother took her along to the performance. This is when, at the age of 3...

Egwene al’Vere - I immediately thought of Emilia as Egwene, and its funny how her role here is similar to the Game of Thrones tv show

15. Charles Dance

Actor | Gosford Park

Charles Dance is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011), Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986),...

Thom Merrilin - Never settled on Thom until starting my re-read; his voice is deep, and Charles has that.

16. Cynthia Nixon

Actress | Sex and the City 2

Cynthia Nixon was born in New York City on April 9, 1966, to Anne Elizabeth Knoll, an actress, and Walter E. Nixon, Jr., a radio journalist. She has German and English ancestry. Nixon made a memorable film debut in Little Darlings (1980). Her Broadway credits include "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," "...

Marin al'Vere - Put gray hair in a braid on her, and she's exactly how I pictured Marin al'Vere

17. Emma Stone

Actress | La La Land

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 completely of Swedish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, where she made...

Min Farshaw - I'm pretty sure she wasn't my first impression of Min, but when she said "Sheephearder," I immediately imagined Emma Stone saying that, and I was done

18. Mark Strong

Actor | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

British actor Mark Strong, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), is often cast as cold, calculating villains. But before he became a famous actor, he intended to pursue a career in law.

Strong was born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England, to an ...

Ba'alzamon - Oops. I know I said no spoilers, but this one is tough to get around. So just forget you saw this :)

19. James Franco

Actor | 127 Hours

Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. His mother is Jewish and his father was of ...

Dain Bornhald - James Franco can play the cocky self-righteous guy pretty well; he's better than my original actor

20. Wallace Shawn

Actor | The Princess Bride

American character actor and writer Wallace Shawn has one of those fun, mischievously homely faces just made to entertain. Though he got out of the starting gate rather slowly, he has since excelled on stage, television and film while managing to turn himself into a winner with his loser-type looks...

Mordeth - Totally got him from The Princess Bride, but way more evil and less funny

21. Mackenzie Crook

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Mackenzie Crook, one of British comedy's best-known faces, who collected Star Wars figurines as a child, is now immortalized in plastic as a six-inch-high pirate action figure. He was born Paul Mackenzie Crook on September 29, 1971, in Maidstone, Kent, England, UK. His father worked for British ...

Floran Gelb - Just realized he would fit this minor character nicely.

22. JB Blanc

Actor | War Dogs

JB was born in Paris, France to an English mother and a French father. He moved with his mother to Yorkshire, England at the age of four, where he was raised and attended school, eventually graduating from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1990.

He worked extensively in theater in Britain ...

Bayle Domon - Johnathan Rys Davies is just too old to play this character IMO, so I picked this guy

23. Viggo Mortensen

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Since his screen debut as a young Amish farmer in Peter Weir's Witness (1985), Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances.

Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother ...

Elyas Machera - My original thought for Elyas was Proximo from Gladiator, but Elyas is much more lean than that

24. Bernard White

Actor | The Matrix Revolutions

Actor Bernard White is recognizable from his work in over 30 feature films. White just wrapped a lead role in Quarantine (2008). To date, his most memorable roles include "Agha Babur" in American Dreamz (2006), and "Rama-Kandra" in The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). ...

Raen - Remembered him from The Matrix series, and thought he would go well as a tinker leader.

25. Giannina Facio

Actress | Body of Lies

Giannina Facio was born on September 10, 1955 in San Jose, Costa Rica as Giannina Facio Franco. She is an actress and producer, known for Body of Lies (2008), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Concussion (2015). She has been married to Ridley Scott since June 2015.

Ila - I remember thinking about Maximus' wife in Gladiator when I read her description

26. Ian Somerhalder

Actor | The Vampire Diaries

Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana. His mother, Edna (née Israel), is a massage therapist, and his father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contractor. He has Cajun (French), English, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Boating, swimming, fishing and ...

Aram - He's too old, but I just can't find anyone else to fill this role. I'll just picture him younger

27. Jeremy Irons

Actor | Dead Ringers

British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up ...

Geofram Bornhald - Originally pictured him as Sean Connery, but during my re-read, Jeremy Irons came to mind

28. Tom Hiddleston

Actor | The Avengers

Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory ...

Jaret Byar - From his description, I immediately thought of Loki from Thor/Avengers, and it stuck

29. Anna Popplewell

Actress | The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Anna Popplewell was born on December 16, 1988 in London, England as Anna Katherine Popplewell. She is an actress, known for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012). She is also known ...

Else Grinwell - Just thought she would fill this minor role nicely

30. Stephen Ure

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Stephen Ure was born on March 28, 1958 in St Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Stephen David Ure. He is an actor and director, known for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013).

Saml Hake - He played the orc "Gorbag" in the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and the orc came to mind as I read Saml Hake's description; just more human obviously

31. Tommy Lee Jones

Actor | The Fugitive

Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school ...

Hyam Kinch - He's a great actor deserving of a bigger role in this series, but I like him as this minor character

32. Natalie Dormer

Actress | Game of Thrones

Natalie Dormer born 11 February 1982 is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series The Tudors (2007-10), as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012-14), Irene Adler on the CBS series Elementary (2013-15), and as Cressida in the ...

Woman in Silk (tries to kill Rand & Matt in barn) - Oooo, who can this be??? We haven't seen the last of her yet...

33. James Whitmore

Actor | The Shawshank Redemption

Born on October 1, 1921, in White Plains, New York, gruff veteran character actor James Whitmore earned early and widespread respect with his award-winning dramatic capabilities on Broadway and in films. He would later conquer TV with the same trophy-winning results.

The son of James Allen Whitmore ...

Almen Bunt - Reading his description, I immediately thought of Brooks from The Shawshank Redemption

34. Timothy Spall

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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 ...

Basel Gill - I originally thought of him as Barliman Butterbur from LotR, but thought of Mr. Spall upon re-read

35. Hugh Jackman

Actor | Les Misérables

Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film ...

Logain Ablar - I immediately pictured Hugh Jackman based on Logain's description, w/ long dark curls of course

36. Dianna Agron

Actress | The Family

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 ...

Elayne Trakand - I never could picture an actress as Elayne until almost the end of the series. I like Dianna for her

37. Alex Pettyfer

Actor | I Am Number Four

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 ...

Gawyn Trakand - I originally pictured him as the actor who plays Peeta in the Hunger Games, but decided against it

38. Ben Barnes

Actor | The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

British actor Benjamin Thomas Barnes was born in London, England, to Patricia (Becker), a relationship therapist, and Thomas Barnes, a professor of psychiatry. He has a brother, Jack. His mother is from South Africa while his father is English.

Barnes studied at Homefield Preparatory and King's ...

Galad Damodred - He's a good fit for Galad IMO, and his role in Narnia only helped establish that in my mind

39. James Marsden

Actor | Hairspray

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...

Martyn Tallanvor - This is another one that I never really pictured until later in the series

40. Kim Basinger

Actress | L.A. Confidential

Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. Both her parents had been in entertainment, her dad had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies. Kim was introspective, from her father's side. As a ...

Morgase Trakand - I orginally pictured Uma Thurman, but changed her upon re-read of the series. I know Kim's too old now, but her younger years were perfect!!!

41. Russell Crowe

Actor | Les Misérables

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),...

Gareth Bryne - This is another one I never thought of until halfway through the series. Now he is stuck

42. Julia Roberts

Actress | Pretty Woman

Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her ...

Elaida a'Roihan - This is one I struggled w/ until I read New Spring, and somehow I started seeing Julia. Oh well...

43. James Kyson

Actor | Preacher

One of today's most exciting & versatile actors, voted by Buzzfeed as a Top 10 Asian-American Leading Man, and by TV Guide as "Hollywood's 25 Hottest Body", James recently guest starred in AMC's Preacher (2016), CBS' Elementary (2012) and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016), and FOX's Sleepy ...

Ragan - I just thought of him while making the list for TDR. He played Ando on the Heroes TV series.

44. John Cho

Actor | Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

John Yohan Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Los Angeles, California as a child, where his father was a Christian minister. Cho was educated at Herbert Hoover High School at Glendale before moving on to the University of California at Berkeley where he studied English Literature. ...

Ingtar Shinowa - Originally pictured Ken Watanabe - realized he was perfect for Agelmar. John is 41, but looks young

45. Ken Watanabe

Actor | The Last Samurai

Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Both of his parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24, when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was...

Agelmar Jagad - Just shave his head, put a white top-knot on it, and he is the spitting image of Lord Agelmar

46. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

Aginor - Ok, I give in. I know Aginor is somewhat younger (so to speak) but Clint has the look...

47. Marton Csokas

Actor | Æon Flux

Marton was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa (New Zealand), to Margaret Christine (Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, a mechanical engineer. His father is Hungarian and his mother is Australian (of English, Irish, and Danish origin). He inherited some of his talents from his father, who was also a ...

Balthamel - I never saw the point of casting Balthamel, b/c his face is always hidden. But why not???



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