The final stretch of filming for season 3 of The Wheel of Time is underway in South Africa. We reported back in October that filming was scheduled to move to the African country, though at the time, we did not know exactly when. January saw a number of crew relocate to Cape Town, South Africa to prepare for filming, with cast members following soon after. It appears filming began today, Monday, February 12, 2024, and we anticipate it is scheduled to continue for approximately 2 months.
Most of season 3 was filmed in the Czech Republic with some location work being completed in Slovenia. Prior locations for seasons 1 and 2 include the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, Italy, and Morocco.
As we noted in our previous article, notable crew members seen scouting South Africa previously include Michael S Chandler (the first assistant director for main director Ciaran Donnelly) and director Marta Cunningham. In addition, DOP David Luther is also currently in the country. Luther was previously working with block 2 (episodes 303 and 304) director Thomas Napper. Marta Cunningham is the director for block 3 (305 and 306) and Donnelly is the director for the first two and last two episodes of the season. These notable crew members span the entirety of season 3, and we believe they may be filming material for as early as episode 302.
While we currently don’t know all the locations the production plans to utilize in South Africa, according to sources, some of the filming will be done at Cape Town Film Studios on sets constructed specifically for The Wheel of Time. Cape Town Film Studios is a custom-built, high tech film studio that was the first of its kind in Africa. Recent notable television projects filmed at least in part at the studios include One Piece, Warrior, Invasion, and season 1 of Good Omens.
As far as which book locations will be filmed, we can guess will some confidence that parts of the Aiel Waste will be at least partially filmed in different regions in South Africa. This may also include locations like Cold Rocks Hold or Rhuidean. Another book location we anticipate will be filmed are parts of Tanchico.
Actors either spotted in Cape Town or who were previously mentioned to have Cape Town filming in their schedule include Rosamund Pike (Moiraine), Daniel Henney (Lan), Madeleine Madden (Egwene), and Ayoola Smart (Aviendha). We also expect Josha Stradowski (Rand) to be filming in South Africa, as Rand is an essential part of the story’s journey to the Aiel Waste.
We will share updates on other actors as we learn of them.