As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Poppy Drayton has landed the role of Amberle Elessedil in MTV’s adaptation of Terry Brooks’ The Elfstones of Shannara. Amberle is an elvish princess in exile after refusing her duties as a Chosen, caretakers of the mystical Ellcrys tree. Her past catches up to her, however, when she is swept away with young Wil Ohmsford on a quest to save the Elvish people from a demonic threat.

I’ve no real objections to Drayton’s casting, though my one bit of exposure to her, Downton Abbey, left me a lukewarm. The Elfstones of Shannara is a novel that relies heavily on the relationships between its myriad characters, and finding other actors that fit well alongside Drayton, and create a natural camaraderie and chemistry with her will be very important.

Like all Shannara fans, I’m most eager/interested/terrified to see who MTV chooses to cast as the looming Druid, Allanon.

Entertainment Weekly also reports that, “Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will direct the first two episodes. He’ll also executive produce the series alongside Gough, Millar, Brooks, Dan Farah, and Jon Favreau (Iron Man).”

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  • Wes November 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Rumor has it Jasper Bagg nabbed the role as Allanon ( He made a teaser post to the official Terry Brooks page on Facebook yesterday – something about MTV needing a name for Allanon or something like that…didn’t quite follow. I think he fits the role if it is indeed him!

  • Wes November 29, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Ah, check that. Jasper was just reading the role of Allanon during casting recently. He said MTV is looking for a “big name” to play the role of Allanon. Wonder who it will be…

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