Magical Characters Come to Life as Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Acquires Key Roles

Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman and Arjun Gupta have landed key roles in Syfy pilot The Magicians which is an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy book trilogy of the same name. The Magicians follows 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real and poses grave danger to humanity. Production is slated to get underway next month in New Orleans.

Maeve will play Julia, a wealthy and brilliant Ivy-Leaguer who seems destined for success, but her future plans are forever altered after she is denied admittance to the mysterious Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. Appleman will play Eliot, a student at the Brakebills who will prove a sometimes frustrating ally in Quentin’s fortunes, and may soon factor into a series of perilous adventures. Gupta will play Penny, Quentin’s roommate at Brakebills who is bedeviled by voices that hint at pathways to other worlds.

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