It has been just some weeks since we got our first look at nonetheless photos from Amazon’s forthcoming The Wheel of Time collection, tailored from the late Robert Jordan‘s bestselling 14-book series of epic fantasy novels. And now we now have the primary official teaser trailer. Rely a number of Ars staffers among the many many followers of Jordan’s books who’ve been eagerly following the years-long improvement of the collection. From what we have seen, it appears like showrunner Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has gotten the general feel and appear of the books precisely proper. Followers ought to be happy.
As I’ve written previously, the TV collection will heart on Moiraine (played by Oscar-nominee Rosamund Pike), a member of a robust, all-woman group known as the Aes Sedai. Magic, generally known as the One Energy, is split into male (saidin) and feminine (saidar) flavors. The latter is the province of the Aes Sedai. Way back, a fantastic evil known as the Darkish One precipitated the saidin to grow to be tainted, such that almost all males who present a capability to channel that magic go mad. It is the job of the Aes Sedai to trace down such males and strip them of their skills—a course of generally known as “gentling” that, sadly, is commonly something however. There’s additionally an historical prophecy in regards to the Dragon Reborn: the reincarnation of an individual who will save or destroy humanity.
Given the epic scope of the novels, it is no shock that the TV collection boasts a sprawling solid. Along with Pike, Josha Stradowski stars as Rand al’Thor, whereas Marcus Rutherford performs apprentice blacksmith and dream-walker Perrin Aybara. Zoë Robins performs healer Nynaeve al’Meara, and Madeleine Madden performs Egwene al’Vere. Barney Harris performs collection comedian aid Matrim Cauthon. Hammed Animashaun has been solid as Loail, a detailed good friend to Perrin and Rand al’Thor. Alexandre Willaume portrays Thom Merrilin, a “gleeman and adventurer”—mainly a touring bard—whereas Johann Myers performs the villainous Padan Fain, and Alvaro Morte performs Logain.
As within the e-book, Pike’s Moiraine will befriend a bunch of 5 younger individuals—Egwene, Nynaeve, Rand, Mat, and Perrin—whose small village has been attacked by monsters known as Trollocs. The 2 ladies (Egwene and Nynaeve) present some promise as future members of the Aes Sedai. However Moiraine additionally suspects one of many younger males may be the Dragon Reborn.
This teaser trailer introduces the Aes Sedai, opening with a voiceover by Pike as temporary scenes from the collection flash by in fast succession. “The wheel of time turns, and ages come and move, leaving recollections that grow to be legend,” Pike intones. “The facility inside you, everywhere in the world—there are totally different names for it, but it surely’s one factor, one energy. And girls who can contact it, we defend the world.”
We catch tantalizing glimpses of a lot of the predominant gamers, with ominous warnings of the approaching of the Darkish One and a remaining battle. And sure, that is Michael McElhatton, aka Recreation of Thrones‘ Roose Bolton, waxing philosophical as Tam al’Thor, blademaster and adoptive father of Rand. “It doesn’t matter what occurs, what ache we face, what heartbreak, the wheel retains turning,” he says.
Ars staffers’ verdict: We’re cautiously optimistic! The casting is spot-on, the magic appears good, and we actually like the general look of the collection, even when the CGI is not fairly as much as Recreation of Thrones requirements. (Give it time. Amazon possible needs to ensure the present is successful earlier than pouring cash into film-quality CGI.) And as Ars Senior Know-how Reporter Andrew Cunningham famous, “Congrats to the costuming/make-up workforce and Rosamund Pike for determining WTF an ‘ageless face’ is meant to appear like. They nailed it.”
The Wheel of Time premieres on Amazon Prime on November 19, 2021. We’ll even be getting a separate Wheel of Time movie trilogy specializing in occasions in Jordan’s fictional world earlier than the occasions of the books.
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