MTV's 'Shannara' Enlists 'Spartacus,' 'Unbroken,' Stars

The series is based on Terry Brooks' fantasy novels.
Brooke Williams, Marcus Vanco and Daniel MacPherson

MTV's Shannara adaptation is bringing three more into the fantasy fold.

Brooke Williams (Spartacus: Blood & Sand), Marcus Vanco (Unbroken) and Australian soap star Daniel MacPherson are joining the series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The series is adapted from Terry Brooks' fantasy book series, which follows the Shannara family, whose members can tap into ancient magic to help reshape the world's future. Season one will adapt the second book,The Elfstones of Shannara, with production underway in New Zealand.

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Williams will play Catania, a clever and wise Elf who serves as Amberle's (Poppy Drayton) best friend and handmaiden.

Vanco will play Bandon, whose family is afraid of him on account of his mysterious visions. He is found by Wil (Austin Butler, The Carrie Diaries) and Amberle, chained to a wall and starving. Wil believes Bandon will be key to saving the Four Lands.

MacPherson is set to play Arion, the heir to the Elvin throne. Overly serious, Arion is the polar opposite of wild brother Ander (Aaron Jakubenko). He dedicates himself to proving to his father, King Eventine (John Rhys-Davies), that he is worthy of the crown, but his plans are complicated when his niece Amberle goes missing.

The actors join a cast that also includes Ivana Baquero (Pan's Labrynth) as Eretria, a human described as being from the wrong side of the tracks and Arrow alum Manu Bennett as the druid Allanon.

MTV picked up the adaptation of Brooks' Shannara straight to series in June 2014, giving it a 10-episode order. The Shannara book series began with 1977's The Sword of Shannara and has grown to include more than 25 books made up of multiple trilogies and a prequel. The books are estimated to be the highest-selling unadapted fantasy series in the world, and Brooks is considered the second-highest-selling fantasy author, trailing only Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling.

MTV hopes Shannara will do for it what Game of Thrones has done for HBO and Outlander has done for Starz. Smallville's Miles Millar and Al Gough will serve as showrunners and executive produce with Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Brooks, Dan Farah and David Blocker. Liebesman, who directed this summer's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will helm the first two episodes of the series, which also comes from Gene Stein and Sonar Entertainment.

Williams is represented by Johnson & Laird in New Zealand, UTA and Principato Young Entertainment. Marcus is represented by Clinton Bryan-Mathieson and Mark Eaton from EATON Management, and Jeff Golenberg from Silver Lining Entertainment. MacPherson is represented by Management 360, UTA and Morrissey Management in Australia.

Email: Aaron.Couch@THR.com
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