“Gone Girl” star Rosamund Pike has been tapped to star in Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of “The Wheel of Time,” the streamer announced on Tuesday.
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by Robert Jordan, “The Wheel of Time” takes place in a world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it.
Pike will play the series’ central character, Moiraine, a member of the powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, who “embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, who will either save or destroy humanity.”
Ordered to series last fall as an Amazon Studios-Sony Pictures Television co-production, the series is being adapted for television by “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” Rafe Judkins, who will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
“The Wheel of Time” is a series of 14 novels that began with “The Eye of the Universe” in 1990 and concluded with “A Memory of Light,” which was finished by Brandon Sanderson following Jordan’s death in 2007. A number of attempts have been made to adapt the books for film or television, though none have made it to screen in any meaningful way. FXX quietly aired a pilot, titled “Winter’s Dragon,” as recently as early 2015, but they did so without any publicity or build up and allowed the project to fade into obscurity.
Larry Mondragon and Rick Selvage of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures, Darren Lemke, Marigo Kehoe and Uta Briesewitz will also serve as executive produce. Briesewitz is set to direct the first two episodes.
Pike will serve as a producer and Harriet McDougal and Brandon Sanderson are consulting producers.