Amazon is expanding the cast of The Wheel of Time for the second season. Guy Roberts, Arnas Fedaravicius and Gregg Chillingirian are set for recurring roles in the fantasy series adaptation of Robert Jordan’s books.
Set in a sprawling fantasy world where magic exists, but only women can access it safely, The Wheel of Time is co-produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television. It comes from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Chuck writer Rafe Judkins, showrunner and exec producer.
Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of the mighty all-female organisation the Aes Sedai, arrives in Two Rivers, a small town with many secrets. She embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied as the Dragon Reborn, which could either save or destroy humanity.
Guy Roberts portrays Uno Nomesta, a gruff one-eyed soldier and tracker who serves Lord Agelmar.
Arnas Fedaravicius plays Masema, a quiet and intense warrior who serves Lord Agelmar.
Gregg Chillingirian portrays Ingtar Shinowa, a lord and soldier from war-ravaged lands.
Thomas Chaanhing (Marco Polo) also guest stars in Season 1 as Lord Agelmar and Sandra Yi Sencindiver (The Bridge 4) guest stars as Lady Amalisa.
Strong Season 1 debut
With the first three episodes released all at once, The Wheel of Time made a strong debut last month, according to Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke. She told Deadline, “We can firmly say that Wheel of Time was the most-watched series premiere of the year and one of the Top 5 series launches of all time for Prime Video.”
Salke also credited Amazon Studios’ marketing and publicity teams with the successful launch of The Wheel of Time after a challenging year for Prime Video – and for virtually any linear or streaming networks whose pipelines had been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Amazon relied on movie acquisitions to keep circulation on its service and developed audiences with a mix of original series and movies. Many of its series were delayed, including The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, an Emmy-winning comedy series.
“As we looked at the challenges Covid presented with our slate, it was really important that we create big cultural moments globally around content,” Salke said. “We went out at the end of 2020 with Borat and through 2021, increasing that momentum with our slate of originals. I’m so happy that we could get a slate of material underway with Coming to America, Without Remorse, Sylvie’s Love, One Night in Miami, Them: Covenant and Underground Railroad, which we were able to schedule strategically within Covid to drive a new audience to Prime Video. We made significant improvements in making Black customers worldwide feel like Prime Video was a home for them which we are exceptionally proud of.”