The Shannara Chronicles is an epic television series based on the best-selling fantasy books by Terry Brooks.
The series, which wrapped in June 2015, was shot on location around Auckland, New Zealand and at Auckland Film Studios. The Shannara Chronicles premiered with a two-hour special on MTV in the US on January 5, and in New Zealand on Sky's The Zone on January 6.
Set thousands of years in the future, the story follows three heroes, Elf-Human hybrid Wil, Elvin Princess Amberle, and Human Rover Eretria, as they embark on a quest to stop an evil Demon army from destroying the world.
The Shannara Chronicles is written and executive produced by Al Gough and Miles Millar. Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, Terry Brooks and Dan Farah also serve as executive producers. The first two episodes were directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). MTV is producing with Sonar Entertainment.
The Shannara Chronicles is set thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization, on an Earth divided into what is known as the Four Lands. As the story begins, dark and terrible forces thought to have been confined for years, begin to escape. When Amberle, a young elven princess, Wil, the last descendant of the Shannara family, and Eretria, a human rover, learn that only they have the power to stop the advancing evil, they form an uneasy alliance.
Their seemingly impossible quest to save the world becomes a voyage of self-discovery as they find the inner strength to overcome self-doubt and fear, and embrace their destinies.
The series stars genre favourites, John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings) and Manu Bennett (Spartacus), along with young Hollywood stars-on-the-rise, Austin Butler (The Carrie Diaries), Poppy Drayton (When Calls The Heart) and Ivana Baquero (Pan's Labyrinth).
Eventine Elessedil - John Rhys-Davies
Wil Ohmsford - Austin Butler
Amberle Elessedil - Poppy Drayton
Allanon - Manu Bennett
Eretria - Ivana Baquero
Ander Elessedil - Aaron Jakubenko
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Terry Brooks, author
The 26 books that make up the Shannara series are among Terry Brooks' many best-sellers.
When writing Elfstones, I had a vision of how every thing would look in any given reader's mind. But what had been created here for the TV show is way beyond what I had expected. The sets are every bit as wondrous and massive as I have imagined, the detailing incredible, the scope astonishing.