Variety is reporting that actress Rosamund Pike, best known for her starring role in the David Fincher film Gone Girl, has been cast in the “lead role” of the upcoming adaptation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time series that’s being developed at Amazon.
Pike will be playing Moiraine, a member of the powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai – female magic users who can channel the feminine half of the “One Power.” Moiraine plays a central role in Jordan’s epic fantasy tale, travelling with and assisting the characters of Rand al’Thor, Matrim Cauthon, and Perrin Aybara in their fights against The Dark One.
According to the article:
Based on Robert Jordan’s best-selling fantasy novels, “The Wheel of Time” is set in a high fantasy world where magic exists, but only certain women are allowed to access it. The story follows Moiraine as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, a powerful individual who will either save humanity or destroy it.
The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, particularly Buddhism and Hinduism.
It seems like an odd choice that the show would be focused on Moiraine as the lead character when the book’s main character is obviously Rand al’Thor. Though this might just be how Variety is reporting about the show, as TV series like this tend to be more ensemble pieces. But I guess we’ll see.