MTV's 'Shannara' Casts 'Pan's Labyrinth' Star

Ivana Baquero will play Eretria
Courtesy of MTV

Spanish actress Ivana Baquero is headed to MTV's Shannara.

Baquero,who gave a stirring performance in Pan's Labyrinth as a child, has been cast in the fantasy adaptation, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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The upcoming 10-episode series takes place in a world set thousands of years after the destruction of civilization as we know it. The adaptation of Terry Brooks' book series follows the Shannara family, whose members can tap into ancient magic to help reshape the world's future.

Season one is an adaptation of The Elfstones of Shannara, Brooks' second title in the series.

Baquero will play Eretria, a human described as being from from the wrong side of the tracks. Raised by a group of thieves called The Rovers, she has had to use her good looks to survive. After rescuing Wil (Austin  Butler) from danger, she stumbles into being part of Amberle’s (Poppy Drayton) journey to save the Four Lands.

Other previously announced castmembers include Arrow alum Manu Bennett as the druid Allanon and Aaron Jakubenko as the Elven prince Ander.

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Baquero is currently promoting the Spanish film El Club de los Incomprendidos,” based on a trilogy of best-selling books. English language audiences will be able to see her in the Fox International film My Other Me.   

MTV ordered the adaptation of Brooks' Shannara straight to series in June. The Shannara book series launched with 1977's The Sword of Shannara and now includes 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 is hoping Shannara will do for it what Game of Thrones has done for HBO and Outlander has done for Starz. Smallville alums Miles Millar and Al Gough are serving as showrunners and are joined by executive producers Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Brooks, and Dan FarahLiebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is directing the first two episodes of the series, which also comes from Gene Stein and Sonar Entertainment.

Baquerois repped by Gersh and Think Tank Management.

Email: Aaron.Couch@THR.com
Twitter: @AaronCouch 

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