The Wheel of Time Casting Call, Tier 3, Part 6

Time to move on with the list. Today’s part of the Casting Call was a bit tougher than previously, because A – there weren’t a lot of characters I really cared about, and B – some of these characters don’t really have the best descriptions about either their age or looks in the books. Still, I propel myself forward, and hope that someone, somewhere, likes what they read.


So yeah, the gholam . . . the ultimate Aes Sedai killing machine (and quite obviously, the ultimate everyone-killing machine). Mentioned long before it showed up, we have seen one of six gholam that were created by the Forsaken to be essentially assassins of channelers. Three males and three females were created, but we have only seen the one male that has been harassing Mat forever now. The descriptions given are literally, “they look like regular people.” So yeah, not a lot to go with.

Paul Adelstein as the Gholam
Paul Adelstein looks like a regular person, so he fits that criteria. The more important criteria he fits, I feel, is that of seeming like the kind of actor that could gleefully rip someone’s throat out. This comes from his character in Prison Break, who did some pretty horrible things, and always did them with a smile. He may be slightly on the old side to play a creature as slippery as the gholam, but hey, that’s what working out is for.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Prison Break
Private Practice
Various other TV shows

Herid Fel

Herid was an older philosopher who helped Rand when Our Hero was feeling philosophical. It is implied that he gave Rand some of the the information needed to cleanse the taint on saidin, and it is certainly being implied more-and-more-so that his last letter to Rand will be extremely instrumental in Rand’s winning the Last Battle. But alas, before Rand could ask him what the letter meant, Mr. Fel was ripped apart by Paul Adelstein.

Charles Durning as Herid Fel
For stout, old actors, I like Charles Durning for this role. Durning is a bit of a character actors – he’s one of those actors who is in tons of movies, and when you see him, you think, “Hey, I know that guy,” but then you forget about it. Which is sad, but really, Herid’s ideas are what’s really important, not the man himself.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
State and Main
As a regular on Rescue Me


Ingtar of House Shinowa is everyone’s favorite redemption story. He came back to the Light at just the right moment, and was quite the badass while doing it. The descriptions we are given aren’t many – he is described as “stocky” and “dark-haired,” and I picture him to be over in his middle years – not young, but certainly not old. He obviously needs some strength to him as well.

Dean Cain as Ingtar
Most people know Dean Cain as Superman/Clark Kent from Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, where he played the Man of Steel. He then dropped off the face of the planet and played nothing but B movies on the SciFi channel for years. He has recently gotten some positive recognition again, and I would like to see him get more. He has a good, stocky and strong build nowadays, and has dark hair. We have a winner. The picture above is presumably immediately after a battle with a Fade, with Cain looking none too happy about it.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Dragon Fighter (You need to rent this movie)
10.5: Apocalypse


If you’ve read my entire list of characters I’m casting, you may have noticed I’m casting the Isam character, but not the Lord Luc character. That may possibly be something to address, but I just find the Isam character to be much more important when it comes to things like potential emotional impact, and (TOM spoiler alert!)Matrix-esque kung-fu battles with Perrin. Isam is Lan’s cousin, and looks an awful lot like Lan – so much so that he really freaks out Nynaeve when she encounters him in T’a’R.

Eric Bana as Isam
I love Eric Bana for this role – he’s tall, strong, he looks close enough to who I’ve cast as Lan that they can definitely pull off those resemblances (not that they look like brothers, but I think most will agree they have very similar features), AND he’s one of the finest actors of our generation. And I really like the thought of Bana playing such a lunatic.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Star Trek (2009)
The Hulk

Jahar Narishma

Rand is pretty sure Narishma is “the one who follows after,” and while I have different ideas, it is no doubt that Narishma has become much more important to the series than at first it seemed he would. He is one of Rand’s most trusted Asha’Man allies now, and also one of the strongest channelers. He is described as “young and pretty,” with sun-dark features and dark hair.

B.J. Novak as Narishma
Many people will likely disagree with B.J. Novak being cast for this, but I heartily tell those people, “You’re wrong, so Na-na-na-na-na-na!” Novak is an awesome actor, and though he has often been casted in relatively goofy movies or programs, he has the acting chops to pull this off. I’m tempted to photoshop in some long braids with silver bells on the end. At least he’s wearing Asha’Man black.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
The Office
Inglourious Basterds
Knocked Up

Jaichim Carridin

This guy literally sells out his entire family over the course of the series, while trying to balance himself between warring factions of the Shadow. He’s a Whitecloak, so that makes him a douche already, and he certainly is not ever described in any likable terms. He is tall, gray at the temples, and hard-faced and hard-eyed.

Ben Cross as Jaichim Carridan
Ben Cross is a pretty hard-faced-looking person, and he generally looks a bit freaky as well. I can very much picture him in the authoritarian-type mode of the Whitecloaks. He could possibly be a bit old for the role, but I don’t think that would be too big an issue to fix up.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Star Trek (2009)
Chariots of Fire (yes, this was a long time ago)
When Nietzsche Wept

Jain Farstrider

Jain Farstrider / Noal is first introduced in the series as an almost mythological character. In fact, in The Eye of the World, up until Agelmar’s story about Lan’s family, I always figured Farstrider was a mythological character from a very long time ago. But he’s not. And he gets to hang out with Mat for awhile, which is kinda swewet (come on, you know you would hang out with Mat if you could). Unfortunately, we aren’t given the best descriptions of him other than “old” and “white hair,” so not a lot to go on.

Raymond Barry as Jain Farstrider
What we need is an older guy who can still kick peoples’ ass when needed, and I think Raymond Barry is the perfect person for the job. He looks like a cranky old man, but most of his roles are tough-guy type parts, so I figure he can figure out which end of a sword is the hurty side.

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
The Ref
Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (Stop what you’re doing and find this movie – yes, even stop reading this blog)
Various TV shows

Jaret Byar

Our favorite ruthless nutjob, Byar the Whitecloak. He makes a great first impression on us by kicking Perrin around for awhile, and he just gets worse from there. Every time we see him, he seems to be just a little bit more unbalanced, and just a little bit closer to snapping. He finally does snap of course, and a character that most of us probably thought could not even possibly be awesome, got an awesome moment. Read TOM. Oh yeah, he’s gaunt, lean, and strong.

Robin Sachs as Jaret Byar
Robin Sachs may need to tone up a bit to pull off the warrior-type, but he definitely has the gaunt and relatively creepy look Byar has. And he’s one of the most kick-ass actors that no one has ever heard of, so that makes for double-cool.

(As an aside, had Ben Cross been 20 years younger, he would have totally been Byar).

Places you’ve possibly seen him:
Various Buffy episodes
Jurassic Park 2 – The Lost World
Megalodon (Yes, rent this B – movie!)

So there you have it – lots of actors who have been in awesomely horrible B movies seem to take up most of my list today. Some actors I wanted to use today were Ben Kingsley and John Shea, but I liked their alternatives better, so hopefully I’ll find places for them. Maybe I’ll do an honorable mentions list eventually and cast Kingsley as Agelmar. Who knows? Thanks for reading!


14 thoughts on “The Wheel of Time Casting Call, Tier 3, Part 6

  1. Great post, as usual! Love the picks, especially Paul Adelstein as the Gholam-he looks just like the kind of guy who would blend into the crowd before jumping out, ripping your throat out with his bear hands, and drinking your blood till your dry. Or something ;-).
    Let me second, by the way, whoever said that Lan should be in the 2nd tier-he plays a major role in several plots, and basically gets his own subplot in ToM…definitely not made for the 3rd tier.
    Can’t wait to see what pompous ass you choose for Weiramon!

  2. Agreed with Nedopak, the Gholam casting is perfect as well as the Isam selection. Ingtar and Carridan feel right too. Herid Fel doesn’t seem to fit to me, Fel always seemed like he’d look more… bookish?

  3. I think I probably will set up Lan for Tier 2. I’ve had enough people mention it on twitter or in some way that I suppose it’s time for me to realize my mistake! 🙂

    THanks for reading!

  4. The thing I always thought about Fel is that, sure he’s bookish, but he seems a little … I don’t know, bumbling to me, possibly like that crazy university professor everyone had, or even like the weird old man who runs the little toy or candy store down the road and lets protagonists know that there’s a secret contest going on . . . I don’t know, maybe that doesn’t make sense. I agree, he is bookish, but moreso to me, Fel just seemed a little crazy. 🙂

    Thanks for reading!

  5. I really like your choice for the gholam. He looks just like — no, he doesn’t look like I imagine the gholam, because the gholam looks like a human fox in my head, but he does look like I imagine the gholam when I concentrate on imagining him like he is described.

    I also really like Jaichim Carridin. Great choices overall, except maybe Herid Fel, who I imagine to look more small and thin in the way people who do not see much sun or exercise do.

  6. I actually always thought Fel was supposed to be thin and tiny as well, based on memory, but his actual descriptions in the book put him as “stout.”

    Thanks for reading!

  7. When you mention it, it does sound right. But I’ll still imagine him thin, even if it’s not matching his description. (That’s what I always do anyway, it’s hard to change the mental picture I have of someone or something, be they fictional or real.)

  8. Love Carridin, Byar and Farstrider… and I can see Fels with the right costuming. The Gholam really threw me tho! Maybe I was watching Heroes at the time, but I always pictured Zachary Quinto as the Gholam.
    Love these posts!

  9. Byar works well, a better age than my choice which makes me think…

    I have trouble thinking anyone could find B.J. Novak pretty, I must say.

    Dean Cain as Ingtar is another gem or originality for your belt. Dark-haired and stocky, someone you wouldn’t think would be a DF to look at and I could see him being inwardly tormented so well.

  10. Dean Cain looks too wholesome to be Ingtar and I think Eric Bana could be Elyas. Fel, Carridin and Narishma, nice picks!

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