Jason Ralph has landed the lead role of Quentin in Syfy’s upcoming series The Magicians based on Lev Grossman’s bestsellers. The network also announced Sosie Bacon has been tapped to play Alice, joining previously announced cast members Stella Maeve as Julia, Hale Appleman as Eliot, and Arjun Gupta as Penny.
Per Syfy, Quentin is described as “a brilliant, withdrawn yet strangely compelling young man who feels like an outsider among his accomplished peers – including beautiful Julia, upon whom he has had a hopeless crush since childhood. Dangerously depressed and disaffected, Quentin has always been a huge fan of a series of books set in the magical land of Fillory – books that still hold immense fascination for him, even though they are intended for children. When he’s recruited as a new student at the mysterious Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, he realizes that magic is very real, and that he himself is a potentially gifted practitioner.”
Bacon’s character Alice is “an intensely shy and delicately lovely young woman. Born of a magical but neglectful family, Alice is an outcast among her fellow students at Brakebills, but nonetheless emerges as the most brilliant magical practitioner in her class.”
I, Origins director Mike Cahill will helm the pilot which is starting shooting this week in New Orleans. Sera Gamble and John McNamara are on board as writers and Michael London is producing the fantasy series.
The Magicians follows 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real and poses grave danger to humanity.
-By Rebecca Murray
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