So far, in the Meet the Cast series of posts, we’ve met the hero, villian, and the hero’s friend. Today we are going to explore a vital member of the supporting cast.
In the society of the immortal Stonebearers there are three towers that govern the three distinct areas of the world. Alystra holds the high seat of the mountain tower. As senior of the three leaders of the towers she also holds power and influence over the other two. It is her duty to command and protect the Stonebearers within her order and through them ensure the safety of the mortal world. Both Jarand and Bremin are members of her order.
As leader she must embody the Stonebearer ideals, which include; grace, loyalty, duty, mercy, and humility. She must be resourceful and fair. If a Stonebearer of her order has broken his oaths, she must determine their fate.
If I were to chose an actress to play Alystra, it would have to be the esteemed Dame Judi Dench. In all of her roles she displays the perfect blend of power, control, and restrained passion. Her characters also display a certain vulnerability and depth that makes them even more appealing.
For every hero there is the friend who makes it possible for him to succeed. In the Stonebearer’s story one of the most important members of the supporting cast is Bremin.
Bremin is the clever, quick-witted, sharp-tongued friend to our hero, Jarand. They’ve known each other for over three hundred years. He has traveled the world many times over gathering knowledge to aid his fellow Stonebearers. If there is a plot against them, he will uncover it. In his travels he has also become very skilled in healing, picking locks, setting traps, and plenty of other skills, making him an extremely useful fellow to have around.
Bremin does have a weakness, he is very limited in what he can do with his power. This fact has made him very humble, but also bitter. He compensates for his weakness with his knowledge.
Out of all the characters in the book, Bremin was the easiest to find a face for. Jeremy Irons is the perfect fit. He comes across as someone who knows a lot but won’t offer his opinion until it is asked for. He also projects a profound depth to his characters. The fact that he also has played similar characters in several fantasy movies seals the deal.