The practice of fancasting — of fans choosing which actors they would love to have cast in a certain role — comes with the territory of being a beloved series with enthusiastic fans. For The Wheel of Time, one such fancast that has been very popular in recent years has been that of Iranian-American actor Shohreh Aghdashloo (Arcane, The Expanse) for the role of Aes Sedai Cadsuane Melaidhrin.
On December 18, 2021, the actor took to Twitter to respond to one such fancast, asking “What is it about all these suggestions, me playing a character in @TheWheelOfTime? Why do you want me to play Cadsuane?”
What is it about all these suggestions, me playing a character in @TheWheelOfTime?
— Shohreh Aghdashloo (@SAghdashloo) December 18, 2021
Fans quickly responded enthusiastically, some suggesting she reach out to Rafe Judkins. She tagged him in her response “Hi @rafejudkins, the fans say, we need to talk,” and fans lost their mind when Rafe responded with “Girl, I’m in. I don’t know how to use Twitter but if I did I would DM you. You’ve been on my mood board for a certain character since 2018 haha.”
Girl, I’m in. I don’t know how to use Twitter but if I did I would DM you. You’ve been on my mood board for a certain character since 2018 haha.
— Rafe Judkins (@rafejudkins) December 19, 2021
Rafe was able to navigate over to his Twitter DMs, as he later tweeted “We are officially DMing. Thank you #TwitterOfTime”
It would certainly be exciting for many fans if Shohreh Aghdashloo is able to make an appearance in The Wheel of Time in future series. Though she’s a popular choice amongst fans for Cadsuane, Rafe didn’t give anything away in his tweets as to which character he’s had in mind for the actor. He even tweeted, “I want you to play everyone. Come join us in Prague :)”
Please keep in mind that there are many things that need to be considered before an actor joins a production, including schedules, but if this fancasting manifested into reality, how would you feel about it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! Need to see more of Shohreh Aghdashloo in action before you can make a decision? Check out her showreel or a compilation of her best one-liners from The Expanse!