Get prepared, as a result of casting for essential roles of Shadow and Bone‘s second season is officially underway. No name is in the hat yet, as the show is still in the early stages of casting for the new characters. However, today we received news that an actor of our acquaintance is auditioning for the most anticipated role of the season (if not the show, as some fans — myself included — would tell you): Sturmhond. And that actor is none other than Toby Sebastian, aka Trystane Martell of Sunspear, the Dornish prince introduced in seasons 5 of Game of Thrones.
The actor is also known for his role in The Music of Silence among other roles, and a musician; he is the older brother of Oscar-nominated actress Florence Pugh.
Shadow and Bone fans have been speculating for months on who would be cast as the mysterious
pirate privateer, and dozens of actors have been ‘fancast’, however that is the primary time we’ve heard about somebody truly auditioning. As of now, now we have no data of different actors who’re making an attempt out for the half. Luckily for us, Toby Sebastian’s audition tape began circulating on Vimeo just a few hours in the past. It has since been deleted, however some followers have been fast sufficient to obtain it and repost it. You can watch it here.
Personally, I used to be shocked by Toby’s efficiency within the tape. It was just one minute and 37 seconds, however he was in a position to convey all of the swagger, sass, and self-confidence that make Sturmhond such a charismatic character. In the scene, he’s speaking to Alina as she (and Mal, presumably, if we’re going by e book canon) is as soon as extra making an attempt to flee the Darkling’s grasp. The scene could possibly be set on land, or it could possibly be set as soon as they’re already on the Volkvolny schooner.
Without freely giving any spoilers, Sturmhond is a privateer — which is a phrase he a lot prefers to pirate — who captains a modest fleet. He is an unparalleled sailor regardless of his younger age, and a mysterious and notorious man feared by many for his ruthlessness. Word on the ocean is that he received his nickname when he fed an enemy captain’s fingers to his canine. Despite the various rumors circulating about him, he’s a loyal topic of Ravka who blockades the nation of Fjerda so as to assist his place of origin and supply assets to his nation.
As we will see from the audition tape, identical to within the books, the Sturmhond of the present is coy, witty, and could be very persuasive. When Alina Starkov meets Sturmhond within the second e book of Leigh Bardugo’s trilogy, Siege and Storm, she describes him as a tall boy of about 20 years (noting that he appears too younger to be such a feared captain) with muddy inexperienced eyes, hair a wierd shade of purple, a nostril that’s been damaged a number of instances, and one thing else that she will be able to’t fairly place. Toby’s hair is definitely not purple, however followers aren’t nervous. But to know why, we have to dip into SPOILERS territory, so preserve studying at your individual threat.
Game of Thrones veteran might play Sturmhond/Nikolai Lantsov in Shadow and Bone season 2 on Netflix
Somewhere within the first half of the e book, we study that Sturmhond is an alias created by Nikolai Lantsov, the youthful prince of Ravka. Nikolai traveled the world: he went to school at Ketterdam, he served his time with the First Army, and he actually loves the ocean. At one level throughout his late teenage years he realized a prince is just too simple a hostage on a ship, and that he may do way more for his nation if he impersonated a feared captain slightly than enjoying the a part of the proper youthful prince. He created a pretend persona and a whole fable round Sturmhond, using the providers of a trusted Heartrender (Tolya Yul-Bataar) to tailor him and alter his options past recognition.
When Alina and Mal — who put their belief in Stormhund — discover out he’s truly Prince Nikolai Lantsov, they’re shocked and offended at Stormhund for mendacity to them. Their dynamics shift in numerous completely different ways in which I gained’t delve into right here; suffice it to say that season 2 gained’t lack drama.
Now, the query on each fan’s lips is: will the present solid two completely different actors, one for Sturmhond and one for Nikolai? Or will they solely solid one actor and alter his look with the assistance of make-up, particular results and prosthetics?
In the books, Nikolai appears each bit the a part of the golden prince: blond hair, hazel eyes, good-looking past phrases. Alina thinks he got here out of a fairytale. The casting doesn’t should match the e book’s bodily description, though the present has set an excellent precedent of being fairly devoted to e book canon.
Many followers on the web imagine Shadow and Bone will solid one actor to play each components. I personally reckon they’ll solid two, though I might be extremely glad in the event that they solid one and it ended up being Toby Sebastian (did I point out I fell in love along with his interpretation within the audition tape? I swear I’m not biased as a result of he performed a Martell).
The cause why I imagine they’ll solid two actors is that we’ve already seen Tailoring at work in season 1, when Marie acted as Alina’s double on the winter fete. Marie’s look was altered fully, and her scenes have been acted and voiced by Alina actor Jessie Mei Li. I suppose you might argue that the extent of altering is a selection that may depend upon the Tailor’s talents and the particular person’s needs, but when Nikolai was making a secret identification, why would he threat even the smallest likelihood of being acknowledged? Better to look totally completely different and fewer princely than threat being found.
This would imply that we’d solely have Sturmhond for just a few episodes in season 2 (with the likelihood to visitor star once more in later seasons if the present will get that far), because the actor enjoying Nikolai would take over at round Episode 3 or 4, in accordance with my calculations.
What do you consider Toby Sebastian’s interpretation? Do you assume they need to solid two actors, or one? If the latter, who would you wish to play Nikolai?
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