SCI FI Unveils Legend of Earthsea

The vfx-laden original miniseries, Legend of Earthsea, premieres tonight, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central on SCI FI Channel. Based on the book series by Ursula K. Le Guin, the fantasy story will unfold over two nights on the cable network. Featuring CG dragons and other magical elements, the telepic should attract a goon number of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter fans.

Legend of Earthsea tells the tale of a reckless youth destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical world of Earthsea has ever known. When the difficult and rebellious Ged discovers the extent of his magical powers, he seeks to master the ancient arts–and his own impulses as well. As he journeys to manhood, he will combat dragons, fall in love, cross death’s threshold and ultimately wield the power to reunite a planet.

The four-hour coming-of-age fantasy stars Shawn Ashmore (X2: X-Men United) as Ged, Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) as the priestess Tenar, Isabella Rossellini (The Odyssey) as High Priestess Thar, and Danny Glover (Saw) as the master wizard Ogion. Produced by Hallmark Entertainment in association with Bender-Brown Prods. Legend of Earthsea is written by Gavin Scott (The Mists of Avalon) for exec producers Robert Halmi, Sr. (Merlin, Gulliver’s Travels, Animal Farm), Lawrence Bender (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) and Kevin Kelly Brown (Roswell).

The Earthsea books have received five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards and the National Book Award. The series has been translated into 16 languages, with millions of copies in print.