Fantasy Casting: Legacy of Steel

It’s that time again! With the release of Legacy of Light, I’m dipping my toe in the waters of Fantasy Casting again. You may have already seen this over on Twitter ( if you haven’t, you might want to check it out )

You know the drill, given a limitless budget and worldwide influence, who would I cast in the various roles for Legacy of Steel, were it adapted to the silver screen?

This is strictly a ‘new characters’ deal. If you want to see those already cast for Legacy of Ash, you can find them here.

Refreshed your memory? Good. Let’s begin.

Heirs of Authority

Starting with the Tressian Council, Gemma Chan gives us a dangerous, collected Erashel, Pedro Pascal a charming, roguish Konor Zarn and Alix Wilton Regan a playful (but sharp edged) Hawkin Darrow. David Harbour brings a boisterous, companionable Armund af Garna, and James Purefoy a conflicted but dutiful Indro Thaldvar.

A New Generation

Elsewhere, a new generation enter the struggle. Tom Holland’s a good match for an uncertain – but determined – Altiris Czaron, charging straight in when he should perhaps step back. Anna Taylor-Joy make for a fantastic haughty (but vulnerable) foil as Sidara. Dev Patel brings Zephan Tanor to resolute life, and Kiernan Shipka’s Messela Akadra will surely step up to the challenge.

Divine Presences (or pieces thereof)

We’ve a bit more in the way of magical beings tromping around Legacy of Steel, so let’s see what we have to work with.

Mark Hamill has a wonderful line in eerie voices, and Jack o’ Fellhallow definitely needs on that makes your skin crawl. Emily VanCamp has a mercuriality about her that would be a splendid match for Elspeth’s conflict malice. And, to top it off, I’m not sure I’ve seen Timothy Dalton play a role where he’s not a shadowy figure, determined to bedevil those who stray too close, so he was born to lord it over the Crowmarket.

Have Better Ideas?

I’m sure you’ve got thoughts aplenty. Let me hear them in the comments below!

Until Death!

Legacy of Light is available on August 17th (USA) and August 19th (UK). Legacy of Ash and Legacy of Steel are available now from all good bookstores. Skip the queues by ordering your copies using the links below.

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A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling families plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives, heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.

The Republic faces its darkest hour. Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.

‘A hugely entertaining debut’ John Gwynne


A year has passed since an unlikely alliance saved the Tressian Republic from fire and darkness – at great cost. Thousands perished, and Viktor Akadra – the Republic’s champion – has disappeared.

While the ruling council struggles to mend old wounds, other factions sense opportunity. The insidious Parliament of Crows schemes in the shadows, while to the east the Hadari Emperor gathers his armies. As turmoil spreads across the Republic, its ripples are felt in the realms of the divine.

War is coming… and this time the gods themselves will take sides


For the first time in many years, the Tressian Republic and the Hadari Empire are at peace. But war never sleeps.

In Tregard, Empress Melanna Saranal struggles to protect a throne won at great cost.

In Tressia, Lord Protector Viktor Droshna seeks to harness forbidden power to restore all he’s lost.

As the sins of the past are once more laid bare, every road leads to war. Darkness gathers, alliances shatter and one final battle looms. What hope remains, lies within the light. 

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