SHANNARA On MTV: Arion, Bandon, Catania Cast

Variety has announced a few things!

The Hollywood news outlet reports that the TV series will be titled The Shannara Chronicles! And in bigger news, three characters have been cast and announced—one you know and two you do not but will soon enough!

Here is more information about them from the Variety article:

Brooke Williams will play Catania, a witty and wise Elf who is not only the handmaiden to Amberle (Poppy Drayton) but her trusted best friend in the palace.

Daniel MacPherson will portray Arion, the heir to the Elvin throne. Arion takes himself very seriously and is the opposite of his wilder brother Ander. He has spent his entire life trying to show his father that he is worthy of the crown, and he’s ready to take over, but when his niece Amberle goes missing, his plans become complicated.

Marcus Vanco will appear as Bandon. Feared by his family for his mysterious visions, Bandon is discovered by Wil (Austin Butler) and Amberle starving and chained to a wall. Allanon (Manu Bennett) takes special interest in him, believing his abilities will be integral in saving the Four Lands.

Brooke Williams has been in a number of TV series including Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and Spartacus: War of the Damned as well as another fantasy TV series that will remain nameless. Daniel McPherson has also done a lot of TV work, including Neighbors and Wild Boys. When I asked him if he was prepared to play a real jerk on The Shannara Chronicles, he said, “I was born to play Arion.” Then we both laughed. And Marcus Vanco played Lambert in the Angelina Jolie-directed movie Unbroken.

Some of you will have read the information above about these characters in the show and will undoubtedly be worried. Arion’s brother Ander being “wild?” And two characters who are not in The Elfstones of Shannara? These are departures from the book, to be sure. But they are also departures that Terry helped create and fully endorses. These changes work and help adapt Elfstones to a different medium to strengthen the TV series.

What do you think about all of this?

More casting news soon! Stay tuned!

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Written by Shawn Speakman
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