Poppy Drayton Lands Lead Role In MTV's SHANNARA Series

Poppy Drayton Lands Lead Role In MTV's SHANNARA Series

Poppy Drayton Lands Lead Role In MTV's SHANNARA Series

It's been a while since we found out that a TV show based on Terry Brooks' series of fantasy novels was in the works with Iron Man director Jon Favreau on board as producer, but now we have our first bit of casting news: Downton Abbey's Poppy Drayton will play Elven princess, Amberle.



MTV are teaming up with Jon Favreau and Smallville duo Al Gough and Miles Millar to produce a television show based on the 20-strong series of novels (there has been one graphic novel also - The Dark Wraith Of Shannara - published back in 2008) in Terry Brooks' Shannara saga, which has been running for the past 25 years.



It's been quite some time since we heard anything about this, but now Deadline report that the lead role has been cast. Poppy Drayton (Downton Abbey, When Calls The Heart) will play Amberle, an Elf princess. The site describe the character as "agile, fit and capable, she has become the first female to be accepted as one of the Chosen, the special group of Elves responsible for the protection and care of the ancient Ellcrys tree. But unlike the rest of the Chosen, Amberle’s dangerous and heroic journey is just beginning." The story is set after the destruction of our civilization in the "great wars", with the world reverting to a medieval state and magic re-emerging. Many of the protagonists in the story are descended from the Eleven noble family of Shannara. Apparently the Tv show will begin by adapting the second novel in the series, The Elfstones of Shannara. The first two episodes will be directed by TMNT's Jonathan Liebesman
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