SyFy announced that production has started on their new show, The Magicians. The show is based on the best-selling series of novels by writer Lev Grossman. The Magicians focuses on Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant graduate student who begins to attend Brakebills College, specializing in magic. He and his young friends learn that magic isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. It was previously announced that the show would be staring Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia), Hale Appleman(Eliot), Arjun Gupta (Penny) and Summer Bishil (Margo).
Here are a few new names added to the list:
Olivia Taylor Dudley will also join the cast as a series regular, it was announced today. Dudley plays Alice, 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.
Anne Dudek as Professor Sunderland, a smart, charmingly scatterbrained woman dedicated to teaching Brakebills students how to hone their magical skills. Dudek is best known for her series regular role on Covert Affairs, as well as recurring roles on House, Mad Men, Bones, Less Than Perfect, Those Who Killand Big Love. Dudek’s film roles include Brad Silberling’s 10 Items or Less, Kurt Voelker’s Park and The Wayans Brothers’ White Chicks. She can be seen next in Jenji Kohan’s pilot, The Devil You Know.
- Jade Tailor as Kady, a tough, rebellious and sexy Brakebills student who attracts Penny’s attention in and out of the classroom. Jade previously worked with The Magicians’s John McNamara and Sera Gamble on their NBC series Aquarius. Jade also recurs on TNT’s Murder in the First. Other television credits includeTrue Blood and Vegas. She has appeared in countless independent films includingWedding Day, Karma, Losing Control, Don’t Pass Me By, Cam2Cam as well as the upcoming Higher Power, Juke Box Hero, and Wild for the Night. She has also done numerous musical productions both in New York and LA.
Esmé Bianco as Eliza, a paramedic who has a hand in initiating Quentin’s journey into real magic. Bianco is best known for her three season-long role of Ros inGame of Thrones. Her film credits include Burlesque Fairytales, Big I Am andCrowley. She will soon be seen in the movies Scorpion King 4, Living Among Usand Mind Puppets.
The Magicians is expected to air early 2016.