It was announced last year that Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan Black, Outlander, The Tudors) would be appearing in Amazon's Wheel of Time TV series, leading to frenzied speculation about which high-profile role she'd be playing. Elaida? Siuan? Verin? One of the Forsaken?
Today it was confirmed that her role will be surprisingly low-key: Kennedy will be playing Ila, one of the Tuatha'an or Travelling People. Narinder Samra will be playing her husband Raen and Daryl McCormack as their son, Aram. Aram is a somewhat important character in the wider Wheel of Time mythos, but Ila has only relatively fleeting appearances in The Eye of the World, The Shadow Rising and A Memory of Light.
For an actress of Kennedy's stature such a small amount of screentime may be surprising, but she will obviously be exceptional in the role. It does raise the question of who will be playing Elaida and Siuan, since almost all of the roles from the actors present at the read-throughs have now been confirmed.
More news as we get it.