Amazon Prime have announced the casting of the key roles of Siuan Sanche and Min Farshaw for their Wheel of Time television series.
Siuan Sanche is the Amyrlin Seat, leader of the Aes Sedia, the society of female channellers of the One Power. Siuan, born in the far southern nation of Tear, is young for the role but is strong-willed and determined. She is a friend and ally of Moiraine Damodred (Rosamund Pike), both of them having trained together in the White Tower when younger.
Playing Siuan is well-known British actress Sophie Okonedo. Okonedo is best known for her roles in Dirty Pretty Things, Hotel Rwanda, Mrs. Mandela, Skin and Christopher Robin, as well as appearing in TV shows such as Criminal Justice, The Hollow Crown, Doctor Who, Spooks and Tsunami.
Min Farshaw is a young woman hailing from the mining towns in the Mountains of Mist. Resourceful and independent, Min is unable to wield the One Power but has somehow gained the ability to foretell people's destinies, an ability that makes her of interest to Moiraine, something that Min is uncomfortable with.
Playing Min is British actress Kae Alexander. Alexander previously played the roles of Jing Hua in Bad Education and Linh Xuan Huy in Collateral. She also played the role of Leaf in the sixth season of Game of Thrones and has appeared in Krypton, Deep State, Fleabag, Strangers and Hard Sun, as well as the film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
Both roles are expected to recur across the entire series.
Amazon has also confirmed several roles which had previously leaked:
- Kate Fleetwood as Liandrin Guirale
- Peter Franzen as Stepin
- Clare Perkins as Kerene Nagashi
The first season of The Wheel of Time is due to resume shooting in the Czech Republic imminently for a month or so to round off production on the eight-episode first season. Season 2 is expected to start shooting news year, whilst the first season is expected to air in the first half of 2021.