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No News Is...

... no news.

No announcements from HBO yet. Sorry, I have no idea when they will release the names of the six actors cast but not announced. Soon, I hope. I know the speculation has driven many of you quite mad.

Things are progressing, though. The production offices have opened in Belfast, and soon pre-production will be underway in earnest. We have had a postponement, though: filming will start two weeks later than previously announced, on October 26 rather than October 12. No big thing, just a tweak to allow David and Dan and the rest of the gang to get all the ducks in a row. On a project of this size, you can't have crooked ducks.

I expect to hear that several more roles have been filled by week's end. Though that doesn't mean I will be able to tell you who has filled them. Sorry.

Having worked in television myself for ten years, I understand how tough the choices can be sometimes, and I understand what David and Dan and Tom McCarthy are going through:


So all I can say is... be patient, and all shall be revealed.


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Aug. 19th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
No sweat we'll be here.
Aug. 19th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
I wonder how vigorously this post will be torn apart and analyzed for hidden meanings and anagram fodder. Soon Mike Arturi will be a Jaime nominee. LOL
Aug. 19th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Is "crooked ducks" a clue??? Should we be doing numerology and astrology and gematria to understand the significance of the shift to October 26th??? Should we be playing "The Lovin' Spoonful" backwards to uncover the embedded casting information??!?!?!!???



Aug. 19th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
No worries. Thanks for keeping us fans tuned in to the casting process, and if you would keep dropping these little clues of yours...I'm laughing my arse off at all the mind-bending detective going on done by other not-bloggers.

Who's ready for some REGULAR season football??? Meeeeeee.
Aug. 19th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
I am ready for Brett Favre to crawl into a hole a disappear, please.
Aug. 19th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Well, I understand why it has to be HBO and not you that announces who has been cast (not just for the suspense), so don't worry about it. Maybe HBO is waiting for more characters to be cast before releasing the list of names, to make it a more substantial press release. Who knows?
Aug. 19th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
More Clues, Please?
Just a few more cryptic clues, oh, please? We've chewed on your previous clues so hard and so thoroughly and for so long that there's no flavor left to them! Yet, still we keep chewing, chewing...A few new ones would keep us talking-guessing-arguing-working our little gray cells for... oh, a good long time.
Aug. 19th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
While delays are disheartening, the delayed start date happens to be on my birthday - a very lucky day as it is. So, I'm taking that as a good sign!
Aug. 19th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
Hey, whatever it takes to get Orlando Bloom as Loras is fine with me. ;-)
Aug. 19th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
George, we're all looking forward to this! I feel only HBO can do it justice.
Aug. 19th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
I'm still holding out hope that my emailing HBO with begging and pleading might hurry them up. I can hope, right?

I'm trying not to obsess. It's very difficult!

(sighs) "Hodor...."
Aug. 19th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
No news is better than bad news, I hope they manage to find the best cast they can get.
Aug. 19th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
I have no idea how these things work, but it seems awfully close to have a start date in October and as of mid-August only a few parts cast.

The ones we know about look great, I'm looking forward to finding out others and even more excited, of course, for the finished product. Maybe it will finally get my husband to read the books. ;)
Aug. 19th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
I completely understand. I'm even willing to let the cat out of the bag on HBO's behalf just to ease some of the mental anguish many of your readers are currently suffering. Here goes:

I've been cast.

That's right! I've been cast to play, um, I think I've been cast to play *all* of the female roles that are left. I'd have to double check my contract, but... Oh. Yep. There it is, right where I wrote it on the back of this Arby's receipt. "Behnnie will be playing all of the remaining female characters..."

So sleep easy tonight, friends, knowing you're one casting choice ahead of the rest of the world.
Aug. 19th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Only the female characters? Pfft, fire your agent.
Aug. 19th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
It's interesting enough watching it all come together...
Aug. 19th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Denise van Outen
Denise van Outen is Cersei Lannister.

Aug. 19th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
I'm trying to be patient but the suspense is killing me!
Aug. 19th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
I'm convinced they're just casting Meryl Streep to play every part, and the delay is in figuring out how much she gets paid per role, because no one is actually sure just how many roles there ~are~ in ASOIAF...

I'm really looking forward to her Hodor.
Aug. 19th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
When HBO does make their announcement, do they post it online somewhere?
Aug. 19th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Man, I'm just so thrilled that HBO seems to really give a shit about the success of this series with the impressive casting.

I can't wait.
Aug. 19th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Of course they care
Sad fact is, if it becomes a monumental hit, they can make more money off the filming of the series than George will ever make off of writing it. It's just another of the injustices in the world.
Aug. 19th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Ditto this. I just hope that it can draw in enough people who aren't already exposed to ASOIAF to build a formidable fan base.

I've already addicted all my friends, family and co-workers to it, guess I'll just have to make them all get HBO too.
Aug. 19th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
You are such a tease :D
Aug. 19th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the show! How is the book coming?
Aug. 19th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Hi to one of my all-time favorite authors! :)
Will the HBO programs also be broadcast online? You know, for those of us who don't have HBO.. :)

Thanks for all,
:) Chris
Aug. 19th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Greetings from Russia :)

Russian ASOIAF fans also anticipate new HBO announcements. And while there is no news, we photoshop actors, whose names are already announced. May be our pictures would make waiting time easier for all fans 


Aug. 19th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
That's cool. I especially like the Sean Bean as Eddard Stark.
Aug. 21st, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Re: gallery
Now we have Jorah added to the gallery :)
Aug. 20th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Nice! Thanks!
Aug. 19th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Aww, c'mon, you can tell us who has been cast; I'm sure HBO won't mind. You revealed the new greens for the Asha and Yrgitte miniatures 16 days before they went up on Dark Sword's site, after all - why should this be any different? :o)

Nah, I kid. I am sort of enjoying the cryptic hints and suspense, actually...
Aug. 19th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I feel like a junkie craving his next fix with how often I've been checking to see if it's finally been announced. On a positive note, I finally got my girlfriend to read 'Thrones', so I am no longer the only fiend in the house. I understand everyone's desire to satisfy their curiosity but come on people! With how long we've been waiting and aching for 'Dance' this by comparison is a walk in the park. You heard the big man himself say when they hope to start filming, so how much longer could they possibly play this close to the chest? (I really hope I didn't just jinx us all)
I find in life that if you keep low expectations...or expect the worst, it's a little more difficult to be disappointed. Willing the announcement sooner or time to magically jump to the beautiful day that 'Dance' finally comes out will leave one as satisfied and well adjusted as Cersei.
I'll still fantasize about them casting Atia(Polly Walker) as Melisindra though.( Too bad no sex scenes in the series with her so far)
Oh, who am I kidding? I'll be back online in 30 min hoping for news. Sigh
Aug. 19th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
no news is
the wore what can be. today i have situation that i depend on a desion of other people. And it is terrible when you see their smiles, hear their promises to let you know, but... no news.
after many times I lost a habbit to wait fow an answer (or recieved a habbit not to believe in people) and I do not feel disappointed after it. But news are better,
when you have news you feel you are alive
Aug. 19th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Actually the most likely reason there is no casting confirmation is because there might be some shooting conflicts with those actors who haven't signed yet or who have signed before the shooting dates were finalized.
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