If you’ve been keeping up with the latest bookish news online, then its no surprise to you that Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse has officially gone through its first round of casting!
Posted on See What’s Next (Netflix’s news Twitter account) October 2, were six of the main characters for Netflix’s upcoming adaptation Shadow And Bone. All of who were revealed via a special photo shoot.
- Jessie Mei Li is cast as Alina Starkov
- Archie Renaux is cast as Malyen Oretsev (Mal)
- Amita Suman is cast as Inej Ghafa
- Freddy Carter is cast as Kaz Brekker
- Kit Young is cast as Jesper Fahey
- Ben Barnes is cast as General Kirigan (aka The Darkling confirmed by Bardugo & Barnes via their Twitters)
The upcoming adaptation, originally announced back in January, will bring together the novels of Bardugo’s Grishaverse with the two main titles being Shadow And Bone and Six Of Crows.
Throughout the day, other characters were revealed as well from Nina Zenik and Genya Safin, first mentioned in SyFy’s Wire Buzz article, to Zoya Nazyalensky and Simon Sears as Ivan via Variety (who was confirmed by Bardugo via Twitter).
Barnes, playing General Kirigan, shared a video through his Twitter on October 2, revealing that the team was officially on day 1 of filming for the show.
The adaptation is being filmed in Budapest and the cast has already kept fans updated with photos and various Instagram stories together.
There is no set release date and Bardugo has yet to confirm actors mentioned in various articles such as Danielle Galligan who will play Nina Zenik and Daisy Head who will be Genya Safin.
According to Deadline Bardugo said “I was so wary going into this process because these characters have lived in my head for so long. Turns out I had nothing to fear. Watching these actors begin to inhabit these roles has been pure magic…”
Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold–a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.
Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite–and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.
As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.
Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.