March 2011


Welcome to the Tier 2 Casting of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. This week starts a new segment of the Casting, where we will break down details a bit further, since we’re dealing with (arguably) more important characters now.

As mentioned last week, the format has changed slightly. I will introduce each character with a picture and discussion of their physical looks and attributes, and then go into the various reasons why I’ve chosen the actor or actress I’ve chosen. Occasionally, on certain very popular characters that others have casted, I will explain why I have not chosen the actor or actress that many believe the role should go to (this applies particularly to Lanfear and Moraine, but others as well).

As a slight change to what I mentioned last week about using art to picture characters, it should be worth mentioning that unless the Forsaken was very important, we generally don’t have a lot of descriptions about their physical looks before they returned and started masquerading as other people here during the Third Age. So, I may post up some of the art just to keep things equal between the characters, but I may not necessarily use the art of all the Forsaken as an end-all.

Before we start Tier 2, here are the results of the poll from last week to Cast Berelain. The poll included the choices of Taylor Cole, Cindy Sampson, and Emmanuelle Vaugier to be voted on for Berelain. Here are the results (in pretty pie-graph form):

Berelain Pie Graph

I am pleased to announce that Cindy Sampson (who was my first choice of the three) won the vote barely. I voted for her once, but since she won by three votes, I’m not concerned that I tipped the boat in any way that matters. So now, without further adieu, I announce Cindy Sampson as Berelain.

Check here for previous entries to the Casting Call. Oh, and yeah, there may be spoilers, up to Towers of Midnight.

So yeah, let’s move on. Here are the first seven of Tier 2.

Tier 2 Casting

Aginor does not get a ton of screen time, but that doesn’t make him unimportant, since it is through him that Rand finally discovers his true nature in The Eye of the World. And really, no matter how little screen time they receive, I don’t think any of the Forsaken can be considered unimportant. I picture possibilities in movies (especially once Rand becomes integrated with Lews Therin properly) where there are flashbacks of the Forsaken before they turned, or even after they had turned, but while still during the Age of Legends, so these actors still need to fit certain criteria.

Forsaken Aginor
Aginor’s description in the book is given as almost zombie-like in appearance – he is “older than old,” and parts of his skin is rotting off or missing. Most of the art of him shows him to be dead-looking. We don’t know much about his Age of Legends appearance, so I’m going to go here with acting ability and character motivations instead of specific appearance. Besides, any actor can have costume and make-up make him look much older (almost dead).

So I have gone with Alan Rickman. I’ve chosen him for two reasons. First of all, he has such a history in cinema of playing evil characters that as soon as he shows up on-screen in The Eye of the World, people will know he is a bad guy (as if the flesh falling off his face wouldn’t do that). Secondly, I think it is appropriate for him to have the kind of voice that Alan Rickman has – his talk with the ta’veren and Moraine at the Eye is all menacing and monologuing in nature, and I just don’t think anyone does that quite as well as Rickman.

Alan Rickman as Aginor

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Die Hard
Quigley, Down Under
Harry Potter movies


Alviarin Freidhen is the first of two, what I like to call, pseudo-Forsaken (the other being Mazrim Taim) – she is extremely capable as an evil character for the first little while that we know her, though she starts to flounder once Elaida begins retaking control of the Tower (around book 10 or so). She is extremely wicked in her control of Elaida, and is very manipulative and clever in her searching for the identity of Mesaana. She was raised to the Head of the Black Ajah by none other than Ishamael himself, so you know she means business. Alviarin has a swan neck, and is tall and slim, with smooth, unblemished skin. I cannot find mention of her hair color, but I picture dark-haired.

Elaida and Alviarin by Richard Boye
The only art I can find anywhere of Alviarin is a 1996 drawing by Richard Boye of her standing next to Elaida. She does have dark hair in the art, so either Boye saw the same thing in her that I saw, or he found some text that I couldn’t find.

I think Famke Janssen fits the tall, evil-looking brunette actress that we need for this role. She just has the look to me of someone who means me harm. I will say however, that I am not a huge fan of her voice – I picture Alviarin’s voice to be very deep (for a woman) and menacing, and Janssen would definitely need to do some vocal lessons for this role. I have found, for your viewing pleasure, pictures of her garbed in both her white ajah and black ajah attire. You’re welcome.

Famke Janssen as Alviarin

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
X-men movies
Taken (Liam Neeson!)
Goldeneye


Next on our list, we have Aran’gar / Halima, everyone’s favorite trans-gendered ex-Forsaken. Aran’gar is introduced in Lord of Chaos as a new player in the game, revived by the Dark One to continue his evil plans. Though the details are subtle the first time we meet her, it eventually becomes apparent that Aran’gar is none other than Balthamel, reincarnated by the Dark One into a woman’s body.

Halima / Aran'gar
She begins her plans with the Salidar Aes Sedai, making quick friends with Egwene as she is seemingly the only person who can soothe the Amyrlin’s headaches. She is described as quite beautiful, with glossy black hair, big green eyes, and :ahem: firm, full bosom. She also has an outspoken manner which Egwene seems to like. So, what we’ve got here is essentially a supermodel. Unfortunately, the only art I can find of Halima done by any of the “official” artists depicts her with blond hair, so we won’t be using that. I did find this picture, though (source unknown).

Looking for super-model-esque actresses, I came across Jacqueline MacInnes Wood pretty often. I am honestly not very familiar with her, though I have seen Skyrunners. This is going to be one of the only times I do this, but I have chosen her based almost solely on her looks, and not on anything I really know about her as an actress. She may be awesome – I won’t be watching Final Destination 5 to find out – but whether or not she is, she sure as hell looks the part.

Jacqueline Wood as Aran'gar / Halima

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Skyrunners
Final Destination 5
The Bold and the Beautiful


Now we come to our favorite gleeman . . . wait for it . . . Asmodean, or Jasin Natael, gleeman for the Dragon Reborn! Asmodean is all throughout The Shadow Rising, though we do not know it is him until the end when he battles Rand for the Choedan Kal. We do know that he is the weakest of the Forsaken, and only turned to the Dark One for the chance at immortality. I don’t recall ever even really hearing about anything evil he actually did.

Asmodean by Seamas Gallagher
We know him only as a gleeman for the entire time he is alive, and he is reasonably tall and handsome, with dark hair and eyes. He apparently has a funny way of tilting his head to the side while listening, which is a huge part of what inspired me to cast the person I cast for this role. He also appears to be in his middle years, which is very interesting – most of the Forsaken who set themselves up in any sort of ruling position also took on a middle-aged person (except Be’lal, who went full-on old-man). It seems to me it would make more sense to take on a young persona, so that you don’t have to fictionalize as much time. Of course, with Compulsion at your beck and call, I guess it doesn’t matter how good you have your story. Here is some art by Seamas Gallagher of Asmodean.

The best head-tiltingest actor I know is Kevin Spacey, boo yeah! Spacey used to be one of my all-time favorite actors, but lately, I feel like he “Spaceys” up his roles too often. However, he is still very good, and has a good, strong presence, which is useful for a handsome gleeman. He is also an extremely gifted impressionist, as well as a talented singer,both of which I’m certain would come in handy as a gleeman.

Kevin Spacey as Asmodean

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Superman Returns
The Usual Suspects
American Beauty


Now we come to casting the first of Rand’s love trio, Aviendha. It is always interesting to me that the first time we meet Aviendha, it is during a scene that seems to have little significance to the story, and thus, she seems to be a throwaway character. There was no indication on our first meeting that she would become as important a character as she is now – then again, there was no indication that Fain would be that important either, so what do I know?

Aviendha by Seamas GallagherShe is a beautiful woman, with short red hair (though I believe it’s growing longer now as a Wise One apprentice), and blue-green eyes. Rand likes to call her skin creamy, and while I’m not objecting to this, I will say that he’s at least a little biased. She is strong too, being a former Maiden of the Spear, and Mat once said she could “kill you with a look.” Here is some more Gallagher art of Aviendha.

Now, a lot of people really seem to like Milla Jovovich for this role. While I normally wouldn’t take much time out of my day to bother defending the reasons why Jovovich is no good for any role (that doesn’t involve zombies), much less this particular role, today, I shall. Here are two. She’s too old, and she sucks at doing the one thing she’s supposed to be good at doing: acting. So that’s all I have to say about that. 🙂

You know who doesn’t suck, though? Karen Gillan, that’s who! She’s made a name for herself recently playing Amy Pond in Doctor Who, and she is Awesome. She looks the part, she is tall (so, good for an Aiel), and young enough to look naive and innocent. And very, very pretty. Rand will dig.

Karen Gillan as Aviendha

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Doctor Who
Outcast
Harley Street and other TV shows


Balthamel shows up next, and he is another, like Aginor, who doesn’t really get a lot of screen-time in his original incarnation. We do know that he was quite the womanizer in the day, which makes it pretty ironic when he ends up in Aran’gar’s body. Of course, that doesn’t stop him/her from womanizing anyway.

Balthamel from the Dabel Brothers
At his first appearance, he has rotted away so much (being close to the edge of Lews Therin’s prison) that he must wear a mask. So we’re basically just dealing with someone who is a good enough actor to wear a mask. But the voice is important for this on. I picture a sarcastically humorous voice, possibly with quirkiness in it. For Balthamel’s original Age of Legend appearance, we once again don’t have a lot to go on. Here is some Dabel Brothers art of him that I like (can’t find exact artist name).

Quirky actors that aren’t Johnny Depp are hard to find, but one of my favorites (who also happens to get a lot of flack for his acting style) is Jeff Goldblum. Goldblum has an awesome voice that would sound great coming from behind a mask, he’s a good height to be menacing, and seriously, look at him – you can picture him as a womanizer, I know you can. Hell, looking at the picture on the left below, he wouldn’t even need a mask – his face looks creepy enough!

Jeff Goldblum as Balthamel

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Independence Day
Law and Order: Criminal Intent
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou


Little is known of Be’lal before he turned to the Shadow, although his skills indicate that he was a powerful force for the Light. After breaking free from his prison, he took up residence in Tear and quickly worked his way up to become one of the High Lords. His plan was to lure Rand into taking Callandor, and then taking the Sword that Ain’t from Our Hero. Needless to say, he failed, once he (quite properly) got his ass balefired by Moiraine.

Be'lal by Seamas Gallagher
He is a blademaster, and quite formidable at it. He is described as older looking, but must obviously still be in shape to practice swordplay the way he does. He has white hair and a thin mustache. Here’s, yet again, another Seamas Gallagher piece for your viewing pleasure.

Grow him a mustache, and there are few older actors who look more manipulative (and eeeeeeevil) than Malcolm McDowell. Whether he’s blowing up planets and killing billions just for his own personal gain, or beating women to death with a giant ceramic penis, he always very effectively and scarily plays the ruthless villain.

Malcolm McDowell as Be'lal

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Entourage
Halloween remakes
A Clockwork Orange


So that’s it for this week. Hope you’ve enjoyed. I’ll see you soon!

Cheers!
-Brandon Daggerhart

Edit: – I forgot to say, I will be closing the poll for Berelain at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, March 24. Get yer votes in, ya’ll!


So this week, I want to talk about what I did during Tier 3 and talk about what I will be doing differently for Tier 2 (which will be different from Tier 1 as well). And at the end, I’m going to talk about Berelain and issues surrounding situations such as hers.

As Tier 3 began getting towards the end (these last 3 weeks or so), I began to realize that I wanted to do some different things with the Casting. Firstly, I wanted to have reference pictures for the characters, and secondly, I wanted to put a bit more information about my choosing process. However, for characters of lesser importance, there is not always reference art out there, and where there is, it is often either very old, or very inaccurate (at least, according to the in-book descriptions).

For many years, Richard Boye had the defining art for the series. I remember after reading The Fires of Heaven shortly after its release, scouring the internet (and the old #TwoRivers IRC channel on :ahem: some server :ahem: ) and finding Boye’s Ta’veren art, and knowing that that was what Rand, Mat, and Perrin looked like. It was like superhero art for the Wheel of Time, and it was fantastic.

Nowadays, it seems to me that when Wheel of Time art is spoken of, two artists show up in every discussion as being the most important WoT artists of the day: Seamas Gallagher and Jeremy Saliba. Both of these artists are professionals at the top of their game, and have really done what they’ve needed to do to capture the WoT characters. Do I think they are spot on with every image? Do I never think that characters look differently from their depictions? No to both questions, but that doesn’t stop me from recognizing that their art has pretty much defined many of the characters in recent years.

So with that being said, for Tier 2 Castings, I will be choosing (at my own arbitrary whim) my favorite of the depictions by these two artists, and using them as my secondary reference point for choosing an actor, followed by my chief reference point of the characters’ first appearance “on screen” where we get the first real description of their looks.

Each post will have an in-series-look at the character, followed by description and reference art, then followed by a few pictures of my Casting choice and some monologue on why I chose them (at my own arbitrary whim).

So, speaking of “my own arbitrary whim,” let’s talk about Berelain.

I originally chose Anne Hathaway for Berelain, and quite frankly, never liked my choice. I just don’t like Anne Hathaway. I’m a little disappointed she’s going to be Catwoman in the next Batman movie, but I’ll survive. However, I did think that she met the description well. After stewing on that choice for a week, I decided to change her to someone (whom I still believe) much better fits Berelain: Juliet Landau. This brought a lot of vehement disagreement, and while I can see the reasoning for it, I actually believe my choice is a solid one. Anyone who has ever seen her go into full ‘seduction mode’ in Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have no doubt believing she could pull off Berelain.

With that being said, I realize people hate the choice, and I have decided to change her again. What I am offering is a choice between three actresses I have chosen, who all fit the base description of Berelain, and who would all be able to play the seductress very well. These actresses are Taylor Cole, Cindy Sampson, and Emmanuelle Vaugier. All three of these actresses are strong in their own way, and have often played (in either movies or TV shows) a character that has meant to be mostly sex-appeal. I will leave it to you to find more apt descriptions of their filmography and acting chops. I will, however, provide you with pictures of them:

Taylor Cole, Cindy Sampson, or Emmanuelle Vaugier for Berelain

Here is a link to the poll where you can vote on which of these three will play Berelain:

Clicky! (SurveyMonkey Survey)

And finally, here is my statement on this happening in the future: “It Won’t.” 🙂 Seriously. I have made this list because most of the Casting sites out there do nothing but just throw in the latest hunk they can find to play the Ta’veren, and then don’t even bother trying to match characters to descriptions otherwise. I’m not saying all of them do this, but many I’ve seen do. Whether or not you agree with the specifics of those I’ve chosen, I am putting a lot of effort into actually choosing actors and actresses who not only look the part, but are good actors who can hold their own in a film. I put a lot of thought into this to just be told by some random person on the internet, “Hey, there’s no way XXX actor could do YYY character.” So yeah, I’m making a concession here, but go ahead and fully expect that if (and likely, when) there is major disagreement again, I won’t be making any changes. After all, you could always start your own blog. 😉 Nothing harsh or rude intended here, just letting you know that I’m going to be posting on through with this based on my own opinion.

So next week starts Tier 2. Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to vote for Berelain!

E.S.

Hello,
The interview and preparation process for my new job is now wrapping up, so I will be able to get back to a reasonable schedule regarding the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn re-read very soon. The next post will be up next Tuesday, and will continue on Tuesdays from here on out.
Cheers!
E.S.

Well, this is it. This is the last post in Tier 3. Next week, we take a mini break (with a poll), then move forward to Tier 2, which is mostly (but not all) Forsaken and major antagonists. I still have yet to decide on a Berelain replacement, though I am going to post a poll next week on three choices for her.

For Tier 2, the format is going to change slightly. Since we’re dealing with progressively more important characters, I will be finding artistic renditions of the characters (where I can), and a few more pictures of the actors. Also, we will be moving back down to (probably) five characters a week, since the posts will be a good bit longer, with more in-depth information. This will start in two weeks (March 25).

But that is neither here nor now. Let’s finish what we’ve started.

Check here for previous entries to the Casting Call, and Go Here Now! if you have your own suggestions for the Casting Call. Oh, and yeah, there may be spoilers, up to Towers of Midnight . . . there you go.

Tam al’Thor

Tam al’Thor is a very important character in the series. And he’s important for very important reasons. It is not so much about what he does and how he acts throughout the series that defines him, but rather about what he did and how he acted before the series ever started. And by that, I mean how Tam raised Our Hero, Rand al’Thor. It is showed rather explicitly throughout the series that Tam’s character, which directly influenced Rand’s, is extremely important to the story – this was made even more obvious in the latest two books. So, we need someone who people could relate to as a strong and positive role model. For description, he needs to be aging, with dark (but graying) hair, and “blocky.” Must also be shorter than Rand, but seriously, that’s not too hard a feat to accomplish.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Tam al'Thor
I give you Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Morgan is a very adept at playing the father of young men who must save the world, and he has a bit of a friendly-but-I’ll-kick-your-ass-if-I-have-to flair that I think would suit Tam very well. Granted, he is only in his mid-forties, but I don’t think it would be much of an issue to age him a bit with makeup and effects.

(Note: This role may have gone to Richard Gere ten years ago)

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Supernatural
Watchmen
Grey’s Anatomy


Tarna Feir

When first we meet Tarna, it is pretty easy to assume she’s going to be Yet Another Antagonistic Red Sister (YAARS). She shows up in Salidar and makes threats to the rebel Aes Sedai, then proceeds to make Nyneave and Elayne uncomfortable. She is described as haughty, arrogant, and humorless (fun!), with pale yellow hair. She is tall-ish, as well, and has a “prominent chin.”

Reese Witherspoon as Tarna Feir
In my not-so-humble-opinion, we have a match made in heaven by putting Reese Witherspoon in this role. Reese has a clipped way of speaking that could definitely be described as “haughty” or “arrogant,” and since she’s rarely funny, she fits the “humorless” criteria well (I keed! I keed!). Physically, she’s perfect, down to the strong chin, height, hair color, and everything.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Sweet Home Alabama
Walk the Line
Rendition


Teslyn Baradon

Teslyn starts her introduction to the series as a definite YAARS, being one of those who originally takes Siuan into custody, and speculating on how useless Gawyn is (which, really, haven’t we all done that?). However, once Elaida decides to make an example of her and Joline, she becomes a much more interesting character, going so far as to first helping Mat out with a note, and then becoming his friend (kind of). She is scrawny, mean-looking, and not very attractive. She has dark eyes (so I assume dark-ish hair as well, since we’re not told).

Lorna Raver as Teslyn
Lorna Raver is a pretty mean-ish looking actress that fits the criteria. But more importantly, I think she can pull off the almost-humorously-mean way which her relationship with Mat eventually develops into (watch her play a Q in ST:Voyager).

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Drag Me to Hell
The Young and the Restless
Various other TV Shows


Theodrin Dabei

Theodrin makes a pretty good first impression on us – though she will brook no nonsense, she does not try to goad the SuperGirls into talking when they are being punished. She flees with the rebels and later helps Nynaeve try to break her block on Saidar. She is described as very graceful, apple-cheeked, and “willowy.” She is older than Faolain.

Tea Leoni as Theodrin
Theodrin took awhile, but I finally decided on Téa Leoni. Leoni has all the descriptors necessary (even apple-cheeked, assuming that means “blushy”), and she seems to have a demeanor about her that would fit well with the Above-Accepted-But-Not-Quite-Aes-Sedai status she has as of LoC.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Deep Impact
Jurassic Park III
Fun With Dick and Jane


Therava

Therava. One of the most hateful characters in the entire series, even moreso than a lot of Black Ajah and other Shaido. Sure, she gives Galina quite a few bad days, and for that, we should thank her . . . but seriously, this chick is someone whose presence I would not wish upon the people I most dislike in the world. She has gray hair (or red hair streaked with white, depending on which book she is described in), a “leathery face,” and is taller than most men.

Sophia Loren as Therava
I’m going with Italian actress Sophia Loren on this. She just has the look. She looks severe, relatively leathery, and has the right natural hair color. While she is definitely not taller than most men (being 5’9″), she is tall enough that camera tricks could be used to make her work.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Grumpier Old Men
Between Strangers
Lots of Italian Films


Toram Riatin

Douchebag alert! As soon as we meet Riatin, he forces his attentions on a woman who does not want said attentions, then challenges Rand to a duel because Rand was speaking with said woman, and to top it all off, is apparently quite chummy with Padan Fain. Could this guy get much slimier? He is very tall for a Cairhienen, has broad shoulders, and is handsome with a deep voice.

Jeremy Sisto as Toram Riatin
Jeremy Sisto is our man here. The guy is one of my favorite actors, but he just has a look about him that warns you to steer clear of him. He would certainly be considered tall in Cairhien (since apparently, most Cairhienen men fall below about 5’8″), and definitely has that deep voice down.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Six Feet Under (awesome in this)
Unknown (the 2006 one, not this year’s)
Law and Order


Tylin Quintara of House Mitsobar

Oh, Tylin . . . you crazy, crazy woman. While I’m not here to debate the definitions of – and what constitutes as – “rape,” I will say that Tylin is not a favorite character of mine. Sure, her scenes with Mat are meant to play as comic relief . . . but I dare you to reverse the genders in the first scene where she ties him to a bed at knifepoint, and then find the scene humorous. Anyway, not here for that! Tylin is dark haired, pretty, and has large, dark eyes. She is also relatively short.

Sela Ward as Queen Tylin
Well, Sela Ward is not short, but I’m willing to let that one slide, because she’s an awesome and lovely actress who could pull off being a queen in a heartbeat. She’s also apparently awesome enough to have a road named after her. That sounds Queenly.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
House (and lots of TV shows)
Runaway Bride
The Stepfather


Uno Nomesta

The cursingest character in the series is none other than Shienaran Uno, the famous eyepatch-wearer. He is a tough badass, scarred, bald, and missing an eye, but when in scenes with Nynaeve, is one of the funniest characters in the series. I picture his voice to be pretty much a constant growl.

Gerard Butler as Uno
King Leonidas, aka Gerard Butler, is taking this role, hands down. Painted-on-abs or not, the dude can throw down like nobody’s business. Even in romantic comedies, he always plays the rough-talking bit-of-a-bastard that fits Uno so well. He’d probably look pretty cool with a shaved head, too.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
300
The Ugly Truth
The Bounty Hunter


Valan Luca

Our favorite playboy has arrived. Whether or not he’s a Tinker or Hero of the Horn in disguise, one thing is certain about him – our boy likes the ladies. His interactions with Nynaeve throughout The Fires of Heaven are downright hilarious, and quite frankly always make me think of Pepé Le Pew. He is tall, dark-haired, and handsome, with a “well-turned leg.”

Josh Duhamel as Valan Luca
I decided to go with one of the “hunks” that people seem so fond of right now, and at the same time, figured he should be a pretty good actor (sorry Rob Pattinson). Josh Duhamel takes this one. Plus, he’s apparently got some French heritage, so that fits my Pepé Le Pew mentality. Right? Right.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Transformers
When in Rome
Turistas


Weiramon Saniago

The ultimate douchebag of the series, many people speculated for many books whether or not Weiramon was a darkfriend, or just plain stupid. He has thin hair (with a combover), is very thin, tall-ish, has a long nose, and struts around like a rooster.

James Rebhorn as Weiramon
I’m using one of my favorite character actors in the world, James Rebhorn here. Look at him. Just look at him. Long nose, thin (or no) hair, and often plays the haughty doctor/lawyer/corporate schmuck type. I look forward to seeing him stupid his way through the series next to Rand.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
The Game (love it!)
The Box
Baby Momma


There you have it. We are officially DONE with Tier 3. I hope you’ve enjoyed it.

As I said above, next week, I will not be jumping immediately into Tier 2, but will rather be doing a follow up post, as well as a poll for Berelain, based off three actresses that I think can pull it off (and that people will hopefully like). If that doesn’t interest you, look for me again on March 25 to start off Tier 2 with a bang (and some Forsaken).

Cheers!
E.S.

Almost done with Tier 3. Next week will be the last. It’s been a long process. I still have to nail down Berelain (hah!), but other than that, there is no one on this list that I feel badly about.
I can already tell from some of my choices this week that there will be disagreement. I’m cool with that, and try to explain my reasoning on a couple that don’t seem to match exactly.

Check here for previous entries to the Casting Call, and Go Here Now! if you have your own suggestions for the Casting Call. Oh, and yeah, there may be spoilers, up to Towers of Midnight . . . there you go.

Enough chit chat.

Sebban Balwer

Spymaster extraordinaire, Balwer is one of the best information-gatherers we’ve seen in the series. He was the spymaster first for Pedron Niall, and then became Perrin’s after showing Our Hero how capable he was. He is described as narrow and pinched with knobby shoulders and a disapproving mouth.

Michael Emerson as Balwer
Look no further than Michael Emerson for a narrow, pinched man with a disapproving mouth. He has the kind of voice that makes me think he’s always talking sarcastically, which fits the way I picture Balwer’s voice.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Lost
Saw
Private Practice


Selucia

Tuon’s so’jhin bodyguard and friend, Selucia is never far from Tuon’s side. It is hinted that she is a deadly warrior, but she is also Tuon’s maid and confidant. Selucia is described as being beautiful with blue eyes, gold hair and creamy skin. Standing at average height, the left side of her scalp is shaved and she appears to be in her mid-forties.

Anne Heche as Selucia
I probably would have finally given Scarlet Johannson a role in the movie had Selucia been a bit younger, but instead, Anne Heche wins this one. She is a very capable actress, and fits the physical description well.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Ellen
Men in Trees
The Other Guys


Sheriam Bayanar

Sheriam was always a pretty likable character until around Lord of Chaos or so. She was one of the Aes Sedai that Moiraine trusted, and seemed to be on the Supergirls’ side as well. Long before we found out about her real loyalties, though, she took a turn for lame. Her firey hair is always mentioned, and often she is mentioned as slightly plump. Tilted, green eyes, too.

Debra Messing as Sheriam
I figured her to be the same age as Moiraine and Siuan (based on New Spring), so went with Debra Messing here. Debra fits most of the physical description, and is a good enough actress to play the little-bit-o-crazy that Sheriam becomes eventually.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Will and Grace
Nothing Like the Holidays
The Starter Wife


Shiaine Avarhin / Mili Skane

Shiaine first appears in The Eye of the World, trying to kill Mat and Rand on their way to Caemlyn. She has since shown up a few other times, and then eventually took on a bit of a leading role around Winter’s Heart, when it was revealed that she, Daved, and several black Ajah are staging something major around Elayne in Caemlyn. She is about the same age as Nynaeve, dark hair, and pretty.

Jennifer Connelly as Mili Skane
Here is one I figured would see a bit of disagreement, as Jennifer Connelly is a good bit older nowadays than Nynaeve. However, I really felt this role needed to go to a mature actress, and just really like Connelly for the part. She physically fits the description fine.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
The Hulk
Requiem for a Dream
Blood Diamond


Silviana Brehon

One of the few red Ajah members with half a brain, Silviana becomes the Mistress of Novices in the White Tower after Elaida’s coup, and is forced to beat Egwene often when she is captured. She stands up to Elaida and is stripped of her position, but Egwene eventually rewards her properly. She is stocky, square-faced, and tall, and wears her dark hair in a bun. She has a stern demeandor.

Sigourney Weaver as Silviana
Though she is not very stocky, I like Sigourney Weaver for this role. She is tall, strong, bluff-faced, dark-haired, and I can definitely picture her spanking people. . . did I say that out loud? Also, she hasn’t played enough serious roles lately, and should get back in the spotlight.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Avatar
Baby Mama
Ghostbusters


Sorilea

The oldest, toughest, meanest, bad-assest Wise One we have met, Sorilea is a match for just about every person she meets. She fears very little (publicly), and has no problem standing up to anyone, including people much more powerful than she. She forms an alliance with Cadsuane, and may be one of the likeliest candidates for a darkfriend Aiel. She is very old, all skin and bones, with white hair.

Cloris Leachman as Sorilea
There are very few old actresses still living that could pull off Sorilea both physically and characteristically, but Cloris Leachman could do it. She has played many fierce characters in her long life, and has also kept in shape enough to play an Aiel (Dancing with the Stars).

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Sky High
Lake Placid 2
American Cowslip


Sulin

Sulin is a tough-as-nails Maiden of the Spear. She baby’s Rand for many books, then goes into full ass-kicking mode when it is found that he has been kidnapped. She is described as wirey and leathery, with white hair and blue eyes.

Helen Hunt as Sulin
I had to go with Helen Hunt on this. Seriously, look at her. Give her white hair and let her work out for a bit and she’s good to go. Plus, she’s in dire need of someone to come around and kick some sense into her career.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Twister
What Women Want
Pay It Forward


Suroth Sabelle Meldarath

Suroth was a Seanchan noblewoman and darkfriend who first shows up in The Great Hunt and then messes with Our Heroes for several books before finally being ousted. She has black eyes, and the sides of her head are shaved with a long crest of dark hair, and is “the same height as Liandrin.”

This one took some thinking. The problem was, I was never sure if she was dark-skinned or not. Some of the pictures I’ve found of her show her as dark, some light. Her in-book description never says one way or another (which should probably have been a good hint, since all the darker-skinned peoples in WoT are mentioned as such).

Jennifer Beals as Suroth
So I chickened out and picked an actress that falls between dark and light-skinned, Jennifer Beals. While she doesn’t necessarily have a history of playing severe-type characters (such as Suroth), I find that physically she looks the part, and I believe she is fully capable of pulling it off. This would be one of the actors I’ve chosen that I am not 100% satisfied with, and would be willing to change should anyone ever mention a better choice.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
The Book of Eli
Lie to Me
Runaway Jury


Sylvase of House Caeren

Sylvase first shows up around WH/CoT as the High Seat of House Caeren in Caemlyn. She throws in her support of Elayne, and even offers to torture Elayne’s opposition once they are captured. She is sturdy and placid, a little older than Elayne Trakand, and is pretty with alert blue eyes.

Sarah Wayne Callies as Sylvase
I could find no info on her hair color, so I went with Sarah Wayne Callies, who has a pretty blank stare (so would match the description given to Sylvase of “vapid gaze”). I feel she portrays herself well in the roles I’ve seen her in, and could pull off a noble.

Places you’ve possibly see her:
Prison Break
Bittersweet
Whisper


Talmanes of House Delovinde

Talmanes is a member of a Cairhienin noble house and a senior officer of the Band of the Red Hand after working with Mat during the Aiel siege on Cairhein. He is stoic and quiet, but opens up a bit by later books. He is shorter and a little older than Mat, and has the front of his head shaved in typical Cairheinen style.

Jensen Ackles as Talmanes
I want Jensen Ackles for this role. Granted, Jensen rarely plays the ‘stoic and reserved’ character, but I really like the idea of him becoming one of Mat’s most trusted lieutenants, and also of having to play father with Olver. And of him shaving his head. Yeah, I like Ackles.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Supernatural
Smallville
Ten Inch Hero


Well, that will do for today. One week from now, we complete Tier 3 and move forward into the real cool stuff, yo!

Thanks for reading!
E.S.