Rosamund Pike has a history of taking provocative, exciting roles. She made a huge splash as the nigh-sociopathic Amy Dunne in Gone Girl, which netted her an Oscar nomination. And based on the trailer for her Netflix movie I Care A Lot (opposite Game of Thrones veteran Peter Dinklage), she has no problem returning to the narcissistic monster well, and when she’s this good at it, why would she?
She’ll be playing another complicated character in Amazon’s show based on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time books, a hugely successful fantasy series that will get its day on the screen. Her character, Moiraine, is an Aes Sedai sorceress, a woman of great power and no small amount of compassion, but also a driving will to do what she thinks must be done, even if that means putting people at risk. It’s the kind of juicy role that Pike should kill.
“The Wheel of Time is a phenomenal world, which we’re just starting to play in,” Pike recently told Deadline. “It’s the first time a world’s come along like that, that I’ve thought, ‘Yeah, I could go hang around with these characters for quite a while.’”
There are 14 Wheel of Time books not counting the prequel novel New Spring, so that attitude should serve her well.
Rosamund Pike is also producing another huge series: The Three-Body Problem
Pike has also signed on a producer to Netflix’s The Three-Body Problem, an adaptation of the tremendously popular sci-fi series by Liu Cixin. About humanity’s first contact with an alien civilization, Pike will be working behind the scenes with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the creators of Game of Thrones. Rian Johnson and Brad Pitt are also involved as producers, so there’s some serious talent behind the camera.
“It’s a book that I’ve been involved with for the last four years,” Pike said of The Three-Body Problem. “My involvement in that project [was] finding it its right home, and we found the most exciting partners. It’s very promising, indeed.”
We don’t know when either The Wheel of Time or The Three-Body Problem will be out, but I Care A Lot drops on Netflix on February 19.