This TV season, fairytale-themed shows could potentially be the taste du jour, with ABC's Once Upon a Time and NBC's Grimm both set to air shortly. Continuing with that momentum, Fox has picked up popular book series, The Magicians, by Lev Grossman for next season, and at least one, huge nerd is already game to be in it—Wil Wheaton.
If you haven't heard of The Magicians, think Chronicles of Narnia meets Harry Potter ... but for grown-ups. It tells the story of a group of 20-somethings who are pulled away from the mundane when they are taught magic, only discovering later that a Narnia-esque land, Fillory, that they all read stories of when they were younger, is actually real. There's also an evil Beast that is accidentally loosed on the world. (What? It happens!)
Grossman's scored quite a bit of critical acclaim for the novel so it's not too difficult to see why Fox was keen to bring the series to television. Add to that the involvement of Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who co-wrote both Thor and X-Men: First Class together, and you've got a recipe for fantasy gold.
Then there's Will Wheaton who, shortly after hearing about the new TV series, immediately tweeted, "And so begins my relentless campaign to secure a role in the TV version of Lev Grossman's The Magicians..."
We're not sure what part he would play, but let's face it—everything is better with Wil Wheaton. Except Star Trek: The Next Generation.