Syfy’s upcoming fantasy adventure drama based on the best-selling and world acclaimed book series by Lev Grossman has found some of its actors. Stella Maeve (“Chicago PD”), Arjun Gupta (“Nurse Jackie”) and Hale Appleman (“Teeth”) have signed up to play the key roles in “The Magicians.” Read on for more about this update.
Previously announced last July, “The Magicians” have booked three actors to play crucial roles in the series.
Stella Maeve will tackle the role of Julia, a wealthy and pedigreed character who was denied from joining Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. Not used to being rejected, Julia feels that magic makes her life meaningful, so she joined a secret society where she could still practice her gift. Maeve is a semiregular on “Chicago PD” on NBC and has starred in “The Runaways” with Dakota Fanning and Kristin Stewart.
Arjun Gupta will play the role of Penny, who is described as an edgy student attending Brakebills. He is the lead character Quentin’s roommate, and he can be quite intimidating. Penny is telepathic and has the ability to hear voices. Gupta was part of “Nurse Jackie” for three seasons and can be seen as a recurring character in “How to Get Away With Murder” on ABC.
Hale Appleman is Elliot, also a student of Brakebills and is characterized as cool, hip and preppy. Elliot has the command of his group and becomes an ally to Quentin. The actor made his first foray into films in the movie “Beautiful Ohio.” On television, he has worked on the NBC series “Smash.”
The lead role of Quentin has not yet been cast as of this announcement, which was released by SyFy and published on SciFiTalk.
“The Magicians” follows the adventures of young and gifted individuals who are learning about the world of magic in New York. The series will have Sera Gamble (“Supernatural”) and John McNamara (“Prime Suspect”) as writers, with Michael London as producer.
The show is set to start with the production of the pilot this coming December, where New Orleans will serve as the backdrop.
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