I saw today that there have been a few more casting choices for the Wheel of Time TV series. They’ve cast Loial, Logain, Thom and Padan Fain (and no, they didnae cast Sean Bean as Logain, ach).
Loial, obviously, seems like a good fit from what the showrunners said about his performance, and I suppose his size and appearance don’t really matter anyway due to the likely makeup and CGI that will go into creating an Ogier on-screen. Animashaun seems to have a kind, warm presence that I think will translate well.
Morte seems like a good fit. I mean, kind of generic but with a bit of an edge, which is always how I thought of Logain anyway. He will definitely be able to pull off the sadness of the gentled False Dragon, and when he regains his power and starts kicking arse and taking names, I guess we’ll see. Should be interesting.
Willaume as Thom Merrilin, who knows? He looks vaguely familiar but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him before, and I definitely don’t get a Thom off him. But add a snowy moustache he can puff out angrily, and a cloak of multicoloured patches, and it could work. I am prepared to be pleasantly surprised on this one.
But the casting of Padan Fain was the one I was most excited about. Myers was definitely not the way I pictured Fain as looking (I generally thought of him as somewhere between Mackenzie Crook and David Bradley), but as soon as I saw him I changed my mind. What a fascinating choice. I think he has just what it takes to carry off the creepy energy of Padan Fain, as well as the grandeur of Ordieth (and assorted other mental facets). I wouldn’t have called it myself, but that’s why I’m not a casting director. Very curious to see if the showrunner’s enthusiasm is justified here. My gut feeling is that yes, it is.
Mackenzie Crook is my latest favourite choice if anyone were ever to cast The Final Fall of Man, by the way. After seeing him in Britannia, I realised he was more than his amusing Pirates of the Caribbean role, and would make a chilling Glomulus Cratch. Somebody call me.