After years of development, including a false start at the Fox network, an adaptation of Lev Grossman's acclaimed bestseller The Magicians is now on track at Syfy (full disclosure: Syfy is Blastr's parent company). A filmed version of the beloved novel, which follows a group of twentysomething students at a New York City magic school, has been eagerly anticipated by fans ever since The Magicians was published five years ago, and the project is easily one of the most anticipated new genre series in Syfy's future. Now we know who'll star in the show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Ralph (Aquarius) and Sosie Bacon (The Closer) have been cast as the stars of The Magicians. Ralph will play the novel's protagonist, Quentin Coldwater, a disillusioned but brilliant young man fascinated by a series of fantasy novels set in the magical land of Fillory. When Quentin is accepted into the Brakebills College of Magical Pedagogy, he finds that his dreams of a world of magic can actually become real, but the kind of magic he's about to encounter might not be what he truly wants. Bacon, the daughter of actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgewick, will play Alice, a natural magician born of a magical family that doesn't make much time for her, who eventually develops a relationship with Quentin and becomes the best magician in their Brakebills class.
(I have to admit, as a fan of the books, that these people look much, much prettier than I ever envisioned Quentin and Alice looking ... but, hey, we are looking at headshot and a red carpet photo, and a lot can be done with makeup and wardrobe - Ed.)
The series is being written by John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural), and Mike Cahill (I Origins) is on board to direct the pilot, which is set to begin shooting soon. So the cast and crew is taking shape. Now we just have to see if The Magicians pilot is enough to impress Syfy executives.