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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.

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.

Time for another week of casting. I’m moving up to ten characters for the next three weeks, which will knock out everyone left in Tier 3, and that way, we can move forward to characters that people actually give a damn about. 🙂

I did notice this week, by dint of how the various characters’ names fall alphabetically, that I had some of my biggest stars in this part. Fun stuff. Oh, 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.

Rock on!

Nalesean of House Aldiaya

Nalesean started following Mat around after Mat whupped a lot of Shaido ass during the Battle of Cairhien. He is described as square-faced and blocky, with a pointed black beard (as is the Tairen style).

Adam Scott as Nalesean
Because I was not 100% sure on his personality, I decided to just use appearance for this Casting. Now, ‘blocky’ is not something that Adam Scott would really be described as, but I can think of few other actors who could so aptly be described as ‘square-faced.’ He has black hair, so as long as he can grow a beard, it’s a good match.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Knocked Up
Tell Me You Love Me
Parks and Recreation


Nerim

Nerim is one of Mat’s other ‘butlers,’ and often plays as part comic-relief, but sometimes part trope in the flesh. He is older, with gray hair, and is short “even for a Cairhienen,” and very melancholy.

Dustin Hoffman as Nerim
Big actor alert here, and quite frankly, I call it inspired, especially since I literally go into fits of adolescent giggles when I think of Dustin Hoffman as Nerim getting into arguments with Paul Giamatti (as Lopin) about what Mat should be wearing. Hoffman deserves roles like this, where he can really shines as a charismatic, yet comedic actor. Plus, he’s a tiny little man, so he fits the shortness criteria. Love this one.

Places you’ve seen him:
Meet the Fockers
Stranger than Fiction
Rain Man (duh)


Noam

One of only two other Wolfbrothers we’ve been introduced to beyond Perrin, and seemingly a sad case of how Perrin may one day end up. Noam is completely lost in the wolf (though he has good reason to be, as we find out in ToM), and paints a dire portrait for Perrin of his possible future. The main descriptions we’re given of him are that he’s a big man with broad shoulders and, of course, golden eyes.

Robert Patrick as Noam
Well, Robert Patrick is a big man, and if you look at him sporting a massive beard and wrestling like a bear in recent years, I doubt you would have any problems with seeing him trying to chew through bars.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
X-Files (later seasons)
Walk the Line


Olver

The little boy who is not Gaidal Cain, but is otherwise often described pretty much as the ugliest child most people have ever seen. He follows Mat around from LoC onwards, as his parents were killed by Shaido. He takes after Mat, and even as a young child, gets into trouble by flirting with women. He has big ears, a big mouth, a squashed nose, and looks to be around ten years old.

First of all, I will tell you that I feel pretty bad googling “ugly kid actors” trying to find someone to fit the role of Olver. Seriously, it’s kind of weird, almost feeling like I’m sinking a bit into hell each time I clicked on some kid’s picture.

Raymond Ochoa as Olver
Anyway, Raymond Ochoa, the actor that I’ve chosen, in most pictures, would not be considered terribly ugly at all, but I did go out of my way to find (to the best of my abilities) the most unflattering picture I could of the boy, and I still feel like mothers everywhere are glowering at me. Oh well, let’s just move on from here.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Yogi Bear
Err… not a lot else … maybe we’ll see more from him in upcoming years


Pedron Niall

Pedron Niall is one of the most awesome characters in the series, especially when it comes to the whole moral ambiguity side of things. He badasses himself (politically, not sword-fightingly) through several books before his unfortunate assassination, and even then still tries his best to go out with style (which he does not). He is old and frail-looking, “all sinew and bones,” with white hair and dark eyes.

Clint Eastwood as Pedron Niall
Searching for actors for this role, I needed an old actor that the audience would still understand could kick their ass if needed. There were none to compete with Clint Eastwood for the role, the second of several really big-named actors this part. Eastwood would have no problems playing the part of the old general who has one last, good fight in him (since that’s been the plot of almost every one of his movies for the last, what, ten years?).

Places you’ve seen him:
Gran Torino
Million Dollar Baby
Space Cowboys (!!!)


Pevara Tazanovni

One of only two or three really awesome Red Sisters in the series (seriously, most are douches, and you know it), Pevara is one of the infamous Black Ajah Hunters, part of a storyline which started aaaallll the way back in ACoS. Nowadays, she’s in pretty dire circumstance at the Black Tower, but hopefully she’ll be just as badass as we’ve always expected her to be, and be instrumental in bringing Taim down. She is plump and short, but pretty with dark eyes, and is “always cheerful.”

Melanie Lynskey as Pevara
Not much is said about her age, except that her relatives were all killed by darkfriends many decades prior to the story, so I’m going middle-aged-ish. Which on an Aes Sedai, should still look relatively young-ish, which brings us to Melanie Lynskey. Lynskey is hardly “plump,” though in Hollywood, anything over a size – what, zero? two? – is considered ‘pudgy.’ Anyway, she looks cheerful enough, and I think would do well here, plus already has Red Ajah attire on.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Sweet Home Alabama (one of my wife’s favorite movies)
Flags of our Fathers
Coyote Ugly


Reanne Corly

One of the Wise Women of Ebou Dar, and integral to the plot of ACoS (and then basically a nuisance from then on), Reanne has gray hair, wrinkles, and blue eyes, and is over her 400th birthday. She has a pretty strong character, lots of backbone, which she shows to Elayne and Nynaeve during their first confrontation.

Candice Bergen as Reanne
Murphy Brown . . . ahem . . . Candice Bergen is going to get this one. She’s getting older, and fits the older looking criteria, and I doubt many can remember Bergen’s prior shows and not know that she can play a strong character.

Places you’ve possibly seen her
Murphy Brown
Ghandi
Sex and the City


Rhuarc

One of my favorite characters (and unfortunately, mostly demoted to side character in later books in the series), Rhuarc is one of the men in the series that defines the Aiel for me. He is (as are most Aiel) a ridiculously great warrior, and also gets to be a part of one of the Aiel love triangles, which is pretty hip, I guess. He is tall, graying, and very strong and handsome.

Kevin McKidd as Rhuarc
Many people may question how I even know Kevin McKidd, and all I can say is, there was once a time (or sixty) when my wife convinced me to watch Grey’s Anatomy with her. And McKidd was always my favorite character once he showed up. I jokingly called him McScruffy, to give him a name next to McDreamy and McSteamy (God, how do I know this… ?). Anyway, strong, tall, red hair, a little dye to turn it slightly gray (since he’s only 38 years old), and you have a spitting image of Rhuarc.

(Side Note: Robert Redford may have been great for this role 10 – 15 years ago, though he would need some extra height.)

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Grey’s Anatomy
Made of Honour
Kingdom of Heaven


Rodel Ituralde

Rodel was tantalizingly not introduced to us ‘in the flesh’ for many, many books (first appearance is CoT, I believe?), though he was one of those Five Great Generals that occasionally you’d hear Gareth Bryne or Mat talk about. And as soon as he shows up, it’s obvious he’s worth all the talk and buildup he’s been given. He and his armies slaughter Seanchan unlike any other force in the series (though he takes great tolls in doing so), and earns the respect of Seanchan generals he beats. He is described as particularly short, with dark hair, and a thin mustache.

Robert Downey, Jr as Rodel Ituralde
Yup, I went with Robert Downey, Jr. and am happy doing so. This makes the 3rd major actor in the lineup this week, but I have no problems seeing Downey kicking The Ever Victorious Army’s butt from one battlefield to the next. Plus, he’s kinda short – barely taller than Tom Cruise, I believe. And seriously, he is one of the finest actors of our generation. (I made sure to find a shot of him with an Ituralde-style mustache).

Places you’ve seen him:
Iron Man 1 & 2
Sherlock Holmes
Tropic Thunder


Romanda Cassin

Last week we got Pain-In-The-Ass (PITA) of Egwene #1, this week, we get PITA #2. Romanda’s entire role in the series that we have seen is to be a vine-to-trip-over on Egwene’s path to being the true Amyrlin. And boy, she fulfills that role superbly. She is older, with white hair (which she wears in a bun), and has a soprano voice. Handsome rather than beautiful.

Judi Dench as Romanda
If Dame Judi Dench doesn’t fit that, then I don’t know who does. Dench owns whatever role she slips into, and she it would be awesome (in a horrible way) seeing her and Diane Keaton making Egwene’s life miserable for five books (or so).

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
James Bond (the new ones)
The Chronicles of Riddick
Iris


Well, there you have it (again). Two more weeks and we’ll be moving on to Tier 2, which is going to r0x0rs s0x0rs (apparently). Hope you enjoyed!

E.S.

Woah, is that another Wheel of Time Casting Call over yonder? I believe it is! Those poor, poor actors and actresses, having to to grovel and beg to be included in such a prestigious event.

Yeah, so here we go, I have some really favorite castings in this – not necessarily in terms of favorite characters, but I’m really proud of the choices made for a few of them. Let’s see how this pans out. Oh yeah, before I forget, 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 . . . it’s not likely, but it’s possibly, so I said it.

Here we go.

Lopin

One of Mat’s manservants since about Lord of Chaos, Lopin (along with Nerim) serve as a bit of comic relief a lot of times, playing “the Butler” role very well. He is described as somewhat portly, with a bluff face and a long beard, going bald, and being a dark complexion. Usually jolly.

Paul Giamatti as Lopin
There is no one better fit for this role than Paul Giamatti. Seriously, I dare you to tell me that picture above isn’t exactly as the character is described. Well, maybe not the “jolly” part, but I really wanted a pic of Paul looking badass, and I promise you, if you google him, all his other pictures look awesomely “jolly.” The man is a superb actor, has a great deadpan wit and delivery, and looks like he was made to play the character who’s description is given above. One of my favorite castings of the series so far.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Lady in the Water
Sideways
Cinderella Man


Martyn Tallanvor

The guy that just won’t leave Morgase alone. Well, I guess they’re “in love” and all, but seriously, Tallanvor never comes across to me as anything in this entire series other than a complete and utter douche. I suppose there is supposed to be some charm to his character, with the whole re-swearing on Morgase’s name, and then following her to the ends of earth, and then being willing to leave her once she can’t make up her mind, and then the two are “happiliy married” in ToM . . . Meh. So description, tall, good-looking, dark eyes, older than Galad, younger than Gareth. Hmmm…

Karl Urban as Tallanvor
I have chosen Karl Urban for this, if for no other reason, than to prove to myself that I’m willing to put actors I love in roles I don’t particularly like, because that’s what works. Urban’s one of the best actors around right now, and presumably already knows how to use a sword, so that helps. I can’t recall if Tallanvor ever gets an opportunity to be a warrior, instead of just a weird “love” interest, but if he does, Urban will pull it off well.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Star Trek (2009)
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Ghost Ship (heh)


Masema Dagar

The prophet, the guy that, somehow and for some reason, was important enough that Rand sent Perrin after him to start the Neverending Plotline of Doom. The guy is pretty hateful, even back before he was the prophet, and his looks seem to suggest he’s not very pleasant – deep set “scowling” eyes, dark complexion, scars. Who could do this.

Danny Huston as Masema
How about Danny Huston? Well, I’m not really asking, am I? Danny tends to play a creepy-type of character – not creepy like Cillian Murphy, but creepy like, he’s making plans about your demise behind your back, and don’t-accidentally-walk-in-on-him-while-he’s-putting-his-knives-away-in-the-armory-behind-his-desk-creepy. Doesn’t that grin on his picture just look . . . twisted? I think he’ll do Masema just fine.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Children of Men
The Kingdom


Melaine

One of the Wise Ones who helps train Egwene, Melaine is married to Bael and Dorindha. She is “handsome,” rather than pretty, appears young-ish, and has the typical Aiel features – tall, with red-gold hair.

Marg Helgenberger as Melaine
Marg Helgenberger is a good actress who fits these criteria, and she looks like she could kick your ass if she needs to (which, one could argue, is rather Aiel-like). She may be a little pale to play Aiel in a realistic sense, but most red-heads have a pale complexion (here in the real world, anyway), so all the Aiel are going to be paler than they would be from cooking (in a skin-tanning-sort-of-way, not a kitchen-way) in the Waste their whole lives.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
CSI
In Good Company
Mr. Brooks (Awesome!)


Merana Ambrey

An Aes Sedai of the Grey Ajah, Merana is first mentioned to us in Lord of Chaos as the leader of the embassy sent to talk to Rand in Caemlyn. She loses her place due to circumstances outside of her control, but becomes one of Rand’s most faithful Aes Sedai servants eventually. She is slim, with dark hair and “cool,” hazel eyes.

Gabrielle Anwar as Merana
I don’t really get the whole “cool” eyes bit, but otherwise, I like Gabrielle Anwar, another Tudors actress, for this role. She has a strong personality, which fits the typical Aes Sedai model, but at the same time, she has a bit of a frail look to her, which fits the superficial aspects of her breakdown and loss of control of the embassy.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
The Tudors
Burn Notice
Various TV Shows and TV Movies


Merilille Ceandevin

If nothing else, Merilille gets awards for having the most-difficult-to-type name in the damned series. All those ‘i’s’ and ‘l’s’ wreak havoc on my right hand. But on a more important note, she is another Gray Ajah Aes Sedai, who is sent to Ebou Dar to be emissary to Queen Tylin. She is a slender, pale Cairhienin with glossy black hair and large liquid dark eyes.

Rose Byrne as Merilille
Because I could not find specific mention of her age, I went relatively young with this with Rose Byrne. I don’t think she has naturally dark hair, but she looks good with it, so if they have to dye it, no biggie. And in case you can’t tell, I intentionally went with a non-glamor-shot, because I also don’t know what kind of ‘attraction level’ Merilille has.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Troy
Marie Antoinette
Knowing (I’m sorry, I shouldn’t bring this movie up in intelligent circles…)


Morvrin

A Brown Ajah Aes Sedai who “helps” Sheriam and crew out before Egwene, Siuan, and Leane step in and make Salidar work. She is also part of the conspiracy that sends Aes Sedai back to the White Tower as moles. She is stout, with gray-streaked hair, and has a round face.

Susan Flannery as Morvrin
Those criteria could be fit with a lot of actresses in Hollywood, but I’m really wanting to put Susan Flannery in this role (I’m saving Judi Dench for someone more important). Who is she, you ask? Well, don’t judge me too harshly on this knowledge, but she’s a Soap Star. I don’t watch them, but I know they exist, so bite me. Anyway, she’s pretty good at what she does (how do I know that?) and I think she’ll make a good Morvrin, even though she wears pink instead of brown.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Days of our Lives
The Bold and the Beautiful
… yeah, not a lot else . . . some old movies like The Inferno


Myrelle Berengari

The official Pain in Nynaeve’s Ass for several books, Myrelle is rumored to have married all her Warders, and is one of the best at reviving a Warder’s spirit after he loses an Aes Sedai. Which, when one follows the other, you can probably guess how that ‘reviving’ works. She is very beautiful, olive complexioned and dark haired, and is tall.

Alyssa Milano as Myrelle
Alyssa Milano was born to play the beautiful, sassy bitch that Myrelle is often portrayed as. She hasn’t done a lot in recent years, so this would be a great comeback for her. This is another of my favorite Castings, I think it’s a match made in heaven.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Charmed
My Name is Earl
The Blue Hour (kinda indie flick that you should see for something different)


There you have it. That’s it for the week. Join me next week, same time, same place, and we’ll see if we can nail down a really ugly kid.

Cheers!
E.S.

Welcome back to Part 7 of the Wheel of Time Casting Call, in which famous celebrities are forced to jump to my beck and call. And they love it.

Before moving forward, here are a couple things worth mentioning.

First, if there could possibly be spoilers all the way up to Towers of Midnight, the most recent book in the series. I don’t typically get all spoilery here, but if someone dies or something, it could possibly get mentioned. You’ve been warned.

Second, if you haven’t read the previous entries, you can find them right about here. I’ll try to keep this page updated.

Lastly, there has been a lot of disagreement on my choice of Juliet Landau for Berelain. As most of you may have seen me mention, the hardest part of this casting call has not been finding actors to play important characters (such as Rand, Nynaeve, etcetera), but finding actors and actresses to play the roles of those typically deemed ‘extraordinarily beautiful.’ Subjectivity and perspective play a major role in this, so at first, I was just going to move on and not worry about it, but it seems the dissent with Juliet Landau is strong enough that I should rethink that stance. Therefore, I have set up a new page where I would like readers of this blog to make their own suggestions for actors for various roles.

That should do it. Let’s proceed.

Joline Maza

The pain in Mat Cauthon’s ass for several books is a pretty Aes Sedai named Joline, who seems to have no problem ordering around (or at least, attempting to do so) the person who saved her life out of nothing moreso than the goodness of his heart. She is slender, with large brown eyes, and though I can’t find it specifically, I’m pretty sure she has dark hair. And it is mentioned that she is ‘taller than Merilille.’

Ashley Judd as Joline
Ashley Judd has played enough ‘nice girls,’ that I think it’s about time to see her do a role that’s a little less pleasant. She is a taller(-ish) woman, so that works for the other parts. She is very pleasant to look at, and her face is shaped right (in my oh-so-humble opinion) to play a jerk. I don’t have much to say on this one.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Double Jeopardy
Crossing Over


Juilin Sandar

This thief-catcher from Tear has been with Mat now for awhile, but started off in the company of Nyneave, Egwene, and Elayne, helping them find the original thirteen Black Ajah. He is described as handsome and lean, with black hair, dark eyes, and a dark face. It is mentioned once that he looks to be ‘carved from aged wood,’ so I figure that to mean relatively ‘hard’ looking, or at least ‘angular.’

Eli Roth as Juilin Sanders
I didn’t know who Eli Roth was until I saw Inglourious Basterds (since I don’t watch a lot of horror, I had not seen Hostel and the likes), but quite frankly (and other than Cristoph Waltz), Eli was the star of the movie for me. He has a great look to play what I can figure from Juilin’s character, and seems to have a good, stoic reserve about him that would fit Mr. Sandar as well. Plus, he looks like the kind of guy that you could certainly have a friendly conversation with, but would mess you up if he really needed.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Inglourious Basterds
Hostel
Cabin Fever


Jur Grady

Another loyal Asha’Man, Grady has been hanging out with Perrin for several books now. He is one of the few (as of ToM) that we know to be good and on the side of Light. He is described as having a farmer’s face, and being a bit stocky.

Stephen Moyer as Jur Grady
Some people may believe Stephen Moyer is too much of a sex symbol nowadays to be described as a farmer’s face, but I think if you look at him closely (and you conveniently forget that he is very famous now, but was not several years ago), you can see it. I do think he is a very good actor, though not the best in True Blood, and I do like him well enough to put him in this relatively minor-ish role.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
True Blood
88 Minutes
Various TV Shows


Laras

The fat Mistress of Kitchens in the White Tower, Laras has never really seemed like she may be very important, yet she kept showing up in ways to help Our Heroes out, such as helping Min rescue Siuan and Leane in TSR, and then attempting to help Egwene later. Verin seems to imply before her death that Laras is not all that she seems, so she may yet have an important role to play (some believe she has the Horn of Valere). Other than described as very hefty, the only other real information we are given about her appearance is when she tells Min she used to be quite beautiful.

Kathy Bates as Laras
Kathy Bates was originally going to be my Verin, but Verin isn’t described nearly as large as Laras, and I really like the idea of such a big-named actress playing such a seemingly minor character. I don’t really want to sit on this for too long, since I would have to keep using the words “fat” and “hefty,” and that makes me feel kind of cruel and creepy. So we’ll move on.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
About Schmidt
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Misery (older Stephen King movie, must see)


Leane Sharif

The first time we are introduced to Leane, she is not mentioned in any way to be the apparently beautiful person she is later in the series. I guess it’s because she has the ageless face, and Rand and Perrin don’t like to think of Aes Sedai in that way. It isn’t until The Fires of Heaven she becomes the character that we all love today. She is one of my favorite minor characters in the series. She has the copper-skin of a Domani, is thin and nearly as tall as a man. She is willowy, graceful, and beautiful.

Olivia Wilde as Leane Sharif
I don’t know about the coppery skin part, but otherwise, I really like Olivia Wilde for this role. Granted, I cannot recall ever being told specifically that Leane has black/dark brown hair, but I feel like her other descriptions really lend themselves to her hair likely being dark. Wilde has a bit of what I would typically call a “funny face,” (almost elf-like) but she plays the very attractive role often enough that I think that’s an easily over-looked feature. And after watching House, I can totally see her manipulating (and loving) men the way Leane does.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
House
Tron
Year One


Lelaine Akashi

Ahh, Lelaine – how I have hated you. Not that Egwene is one of my favorite characters either, but seriously, you seem to serve no purpose other than to get in Egwene’s way on everything. Which is likely exactly the purpose you were meant for, narratatitvely-speaking, of course. Lelaine is older, but her hair is still dark, and she is often described as having a beautiful smile.

Diane Keaton as Lelaine
I needed a way to put Diane Keaton in this movie, and I found it. Keaton is one of those actresses that I seem to be magnetically drawn to – she can play any role given her with great dignity, and has one of the most beautiful smiles in Hollywood. And I would love to see her play a role that is more antagonistic (such as Lelaine’s). She may need a bit of hair dye, but that’s not biggie.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
The Family Stone
Something’s Gotta Give
Father of the Bride I and II


Liandrin

The Great Unpleasantness, Liandrin is likely one of my least favorite characters. I don’t even like her as a villain. She’s pouty, bitchy, whiny, and then she throws evil on top of all that. She has golden/honey-colored hair that she wears in braids, and is pretty.

Clare Kramer as Liandrin
Clare Kramer has already played Liandrin before, as far as I’m concerned, when she played Glory through Season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She pulls off ‘snotty evil’ very well, and though that’s not the only kind of role she’s played, that’s the most memorable to me.

Places you’ve possibly seen her:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5
The Rules of Attraction
The Gravedancers


Loial son of Arent son of Halan

Yay! Someone awesome is casted today. Loial, whose name is a pun on his most endearing feature, is a friend of Our Heroes and has been since the first book. As an Ogier, he is tall (about nine/ten feet tall), with a huge head, huge ears and eyebrows, and a large nose. He is sweet and caring, and speaks in a low, rumbling voice.

Richard Moll as Loial
Though I think for the most part, Trollocs and Ogiers will be CGI’ed, I think there will be times when they will need human stand-ins for various types of scenes. And for those, Richard Moll is my choice. He is extremely tall, has a rich, low voice, and I just like him all around.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Night Court
But I’m a Cheerleader
Voice Acting in various animated shows


There you have it. You may have noticed I skipped Lan. This was not an accident. I have decided to promote him to Tier 2 at the request of several readers, so he will not be casted for awhile yet.

Please don’t forget to post in the comments of the Readers’ Suggestions page here.

Thanks for reading!
E.S.

Hello All,
This post is here for a specific reason – to allow readers to make suggestions on actors for the characters in the Wheel of Time Casting Call. After several various discussions on my blog and at theoryland about Berelain and my choice(s) for her, it has become obvious to me that there are a few characters that should be discussed more openly before the Casting is done.

So this post is here for people to make replies about their own suggestions for casting various characters.

The characters typically referred to in the series as “the most beautiful [people] in the world,” are Berelain, Galad, and Lanfear (and Graendal, to a lesser degree). Now, I have a choice for Graendal, Lanfear, and Galad already, but since they won’t be casted for a couple months now (at least!), there is some time for some other suggestions to be made. I will also be changing Berelain – note, this won’t be a democracy – if 100 people want Angelina Jolie or Natalie Portman, and 25 people want various other actresses, I will still not be using Angelina Jolie or Natalie Portman (I have my standards, and while I understand both measure up to various degrees of beauty, they are not who I would choose). However, if some actresses come up that I did not even consider, who I then determine would be better than my choice, I will bring them up (alongside my choices) and see what people think.

Anyhoo, let me know what you think.

Also, feel free to make suggestions for any characters – you may say something that I never even considered, and I would be happy to change my mind if I actually see someone significantly better than my choice.

Cheers!
E.S.

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