Back in August of 2021, Redanian Intelligence uncovered that Danish actor Salle Salée would be a part of season two of The Wheel of Time, though at the time, the show was not mentioned by name. Today, we’re able to announce her role.
According to her agency resume, Salée will play the role of “Elsa Treehill” in The Wheel of Time’s second season. There is no character named Elsa Treehill in The Wheel of Time books, however, this could be a composite character combining Else Grinwell and Nicola Treehill. It is important to note that a daughter of the Grinwells appeared in season one as “Helga Grinwell.” On a different CV for the actor, her role is listed at “novice”, which tells us that this new character will be an initiate of the White Tower. The actor’s resume lists Thomas Napper as director, placing her appearance within in the first two episodes of the season two.
We can also report that actor You-Ri Yamanaka will play the role of “Min’s Aunt.” Yamanaka is a stage, screen, and voice actor, and also a movement coach. She filmed in Prague at the beginning of October 2021 under director Sanaa Hamri, which places her appearance in episode 3 or 4. She’s currently movement directing a stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro for the Royal Shakespeare Company this fall.
Yamanaka is the second actor revealed to play an aunt of Min, the first being Haruka Kuroda. In the books, Min was raised by her three aunts, Jan, Rana, and Miren, however the exact number is something that may change from book to screen.
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Combining Else and Nicola makes a lot of sense, should have called her Elsa Grinhill though. Will be interesting to see why they gave Min 2 Aunts in the show, they don’t even appear in the books, only mentioned.
As for Min’s aunts. The reason is is probably just to flesh out her Min’s backstory a bit, neither aunt is going to play any role in the series. It reminds me of all the castings before season 1. Specifically, how Basel Gil actor was named but he literally had 3 seconds of screen time way further on in ep 7.
I’m more interested to get verification of the actors playing more major characters rather than one off actors that are barely in the show. B
Yes but Basel Gil has a large role to play later in the books so it makes sense to announce his casting.
I’m so glad they are improving upon Jordan’s story. It always left me feeling like it wasn’t fleshed out enough. There was definitely a shortage of named characters. This gives it much needed depth, similar as the Steppin storyline in season 1.
At present re-reading series and in book 8, the TV series is a completely different story with characters unrecognisable from the books. I’ll not be watching.
Basel Gill is only important if they have Morgase in the show and there isn’t any indication of that. Otherwise he’s a non focal character.
This is starting to make both Eragon the move and cats the movie look good, the train wreak that keeps in crashing.
People in here acting as though combining characters isn’t extremely common in adaptations, especially for a series with over 2,000 named characters. Because turns out you can’t cast an actor for a season 2 role and then just keep them on hold until season 5. There’s just no way to ensure they’ll be available years down the line. So you have to consolidate and combine supporting characters where you can. That is just part of the adaptation process