During The Wheel of Time panel at New York Comic Con, showrunner Rafe Judkins revealed three new cast members: Ceara Coveney, Natasha O’Keeffe, and Meera Syal. They join the previously announced Dónal Finn as new cast members for the second season of the Amazon Prime show.
Confirmation of Elayne Trakand
The announcement confirmed the previously rumored casting of Ceara Coveney as Elayne Trakand. Wheel of Time news Youtube channel WoT Up! revealed the Elayne casting in late July of 2021.
Elayne Trakand’s character first appears in first book of the series, The Eye of the World. However, it was widely speculated that the adaptation moved the introduction of the Trakands to the second season. This casting announcement confirms the speculation.
Coveney is a newcomer with three credits to her resume, all in independent shorts. She is represented by Insight Management & Production. Of her fitting the role of Elayne Trakand, Judkins said “Genuinely every single person on the production — from the first casting assistant that watched Ceara’s tape, to me, to costumes, to hair, to the cast, as every person has met her — they had come to me and said afterwards ‘She is Elayne. That girl is Elayne… I can never see anyone else being her now.‘”
Two New Important Cast Members
In addition to Coveney, Judkins also announced that Natasha O’Keeffe and Meera Syal have joined The Wheel of Time Cast. Of O’Keeffe and Syal, Judkins said “they are playing two of the most important characters in the whole book series”. This has lead to a lot of speculation online centering around Verin Mathwin, Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan, and Lanfear.
Natasha is known for her role as Lizzie Stark in Peaky Blinders and has most recently played the role of Emma Grieves in Intergalactic. She is represented by United Agents and her showreel can be found here.
Meera Syal is a British actor, comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, and producer. Her most recent work includes television shows Back to Life and Code 404. She is represented by ARG Talent.
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