In July, MTV greenlit new series Shannara, based on the popular book series by Terry Brooks. With 10 episodes ordered, Shannara is set thousands of years after the destruction of civilization and follows the Shannara family, who just so happen to have a little ancient magic on their side. In other words, what they do next will change the world.
And now, MTV has announced that Pan’s Labyrinth’s Ivana Baquero will join the series in the role of Eretria. In a press release, Eretria is described as coming from the “wrong side of the tracks” and being “forced to use her beauty and wits to survive.” Furthermore, “she’s a human who has been raised in a den of thieves known as the Rovers. When she rescues Wil from danger she becomes unwittingly tied to he and Amberle’s quest to save the Four Lands.”
Baquero joins the previously cast Poppy Drayton, who will play Amberle, Austin Butler in the role of Wil Ohmsford, Manu Bennett as Allanon, and Aaron Jakubenko as Ander. Read their character descriptions below.
“Amberle is an Elven Princess. Agile, fit and capable, she has become the first female to be accepted as one of the Chosen, the special group of Elves responsible for the protection and care of the ancient Ellcrys tree. But unlike the rest of the Chosen, Amberle’s dangerous and heroic journey is just beginning.”
“Wil Ohmsford is half-human and half-elf. Self-conscious, he’s spent his life trying to hide his pointed ears. Kind, thoughtful, and likeable, he has an appealing self-deprecating manner, but his easy going life is about to be turned upside down. When he learns that he is the last of the legendary Shannara family, and that he must find the Druid who will guide him to his destiny, he realizes his dangerous journey is just beginning.”
“Allanon is a druid, the last of his kind in the world of Shannara. A wise, perceptive, serious man, he knows that something grave has begun when the Ellcrys starts to die and enlists Wil to fulfill his destiny and save the four lands.”
“Ander: Chisel-jawed handsome with regal Elven ears, he is Amberle’s uncle, an Elven Prince with the reputation for being the wild party boy who has yet to find his way in the world., Extremely likeable, he has a wonderful sense of humor and tends to be a little cynical. He trains Amberle for the competition for the Chosen. He believes in her and encourages her to do her best to win.”
Shannara begins filming in New Zealand in February.