Okay, so I’m back, and I have figured out how this is going to work, and thought I would let those of you reading know what’s going on, so you have an idea what to expect.
Basically, with the help of some kind people over at Theoryland Forums, I have set up a ranking system for most of the major players in the Wheel of Time. Here is the criteria I used to rank characters.
Tier One Characters are arguably the story’s ‘main characters’ – those who the plot and premise of the Wheel of Time revolve around. There may be a couple names in here that look out of place, but I will explain them if questions arise. Tier One Characters are (in alphabetical order by first name):
Egwene al’Vere, Elayne Trakand, Ishamael / Elan Morin Tedronai, Lanfear / Mierin Eronaile, Matrim Cauthon, Moraine Damodred, Moridin, Nynaeve al’Meara, Perrin Aybara, Rand al’Thor
Tier Two Characters are characters who are the major instigators of sub-plots, have lots of close connections with Tier One Characters, and who play major roles throughout most of the series, in some way or another. They are (again, alphabetically):
Aginor / Ishar Morrad Chuain, Alviarin Freidhen, Aran’gar, Asmodean / Joar Addam Nessosin / Jasin Natael, Aviendha, Balthamel / Eval Ramman, Be’lal / Duram Laddel Cham / High Lord Samon, Cadsuane Melaidhrin, Couladin, Cyndane, Demandred / Barid Bel Medar, Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan, Fortuona (Tuon) Athaem Kore Paendrag, Galad Damodred, Gawyn Trakand, Graendal / Kamarile Maradim Nindar, Logain Ablar, Mazrim Taim, Mesaana / Saine Tarasind / Danelle Sedai, Min Farshaw, Moghedien / Lilen Moiral / Gyldin / Marigan, Morgase Trakand, Osan’gar, Padan Fain, Rahvin / Ared Mosine / Gaebril, Sammael / Tel Janin Aellinsar / Lord Brend, Semirhage / Nemene Damendar Boann / Anath, Sevanna, Siuan Sanche, Thom Merrilin, Verin Mathwin, Zarine (Faile) Bashere
Big list, but there’s a bigger coming.
Tier Three Characters were the trickiest to come up with, because with 1800 named characters in this series, I could make tons of tiers, but I needed this one to be the last major tier I cast. The criteria for characters belonging to this tier are that they have to have contributed to the sub-plots in significant ways, either through politicking, constant ‘screen time,’ or manipulating events to work out in specific ways. This is by far the largest of the tiers. Observe:
Alanna Mosvani, Alliandre Kigarin, Aludra, Amathera, Amys, Aram, Bain, Bair, Basel Gill, Bayle Domon, Berelain sur Paendrag, Beslan, Birgitte, Chel Vanin, Chiad, Colavaere Saighan, Dain Bornhald, Damer Flinn, Darlin Sisnera, Daved Hanlon / Doilin Mellar, Davram Bashere, Delana Mosalaine, Dobraine Taborwin, Dyelin Taravin, Eamon Valda, Egeanin (Leilwin) Tamarath, Elyas Machera, Fager Neald, Galina Casban, Gareth Bryne, Gaul, the Gholam, Herid Fel, Ingtar of House Shinowa, Isam, Jaichim Carridin, Jain Farstrider / Noal, Jaret Byar, Joline Maza, Juilin Sandar, Jur Grady, (al’)Lan Mandragoran, Leane Sharif, Lelaine Akashi, Liandrin, Loial son of Arent son of Halan, Martyn Tallanvor, Masema Dagar, Melaine, Merana Ambrey, Merilille Ceandevin, Morvrin, Myrelle Berengari, Pedron Niall, Pevara Tazanovni, Rhuarc, Rodel Ituralde, Romanda Cassin, Sebban Balwer, Sheriam Bayanar, Silviana Brehon, Sorilea, Sulin, Suroth Sabelle Meldarath, Talmanes of House Delovinde, Tam al’Thor, Tarna Feir, Teslyn Baradon, Therava, Turak Aladon, Tylin Quintara of House Mitsobar, Valan Luca
Finally, the last tier.
Tier Four Characters are people I feel need to be casted whether or not they’ve significantly contributed to the story (though some have, just in subtle ways, such as Noam) – it could probably be argued that this Tier is basically my favorites that didn’t make it onto the previous Tier, but I want to cast anyway. 😉 Here you go:
Adeleas Namelle, Alivia, Androl Genhald, Caraline Damodred, Carlinya, Elza Penfell, Faolain Orande, Geofram Bornhald, Jahar Narishma, Laras, Lopin, Nalesean of House Aldiaya, Nerim, Noam, Olver, Reanne Corly, Selucia, Shiaine Avarhin / Mili Skane, Sylvase of House Caeren, Theodrin Dabei, Toram Riatin, Uno Nomesta, Vandene Namelle, Weiramon Saniago
So, a few notes about who I left out. I left out the leaders of all the Houses that competed with Elayne for the Rose Crown, I left out most of Liandrin’s original Thirteen, and tons of other named Aes Sedai who haven’t really had a part worth mentioning in the story, and it is probably very obvious that I have left out any Sea Folk – I’m unsure of any of their contributions to the story (other than as a passive-aggressive-almost-antagonistic role, if such a thing exists)
I would like you guys to let me know (if you care) whether or not any of those in there you really, really think need casting. Or, if you want someone not mentioned above, please tell me why. Some of the characters may actually be important in some way, but I just don’t think most fans (once again) would really care who played them – the actor/actress wouldn’t make or break the movie, in other words.
As a final note, I only made Tier Three and Tier Four separate for my arbitrary listing patterns – I will actually be combining them for the casting call itself. I will start with Tier Three/Four characters, going through about eight per post (in alphabetical order), then will move up to Tier Two, before ending with Tier One. I hope to have the first post up by the end of next week (Friday-ish).
Hope you enjoy!