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As Ser Jorah Mormont...

... we have Iain Glen, another distinguished British veteran of stage and screen.

Glen has a really great website at http://www.iainglen.com/ Check it out. Not only does he have a list of all his credits, but the site includes clips from many of the film and television roles, so you can get a wonderful sample of his range and talents. I wish more actors had websites this good.

One of his credits was KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, Ridley Scott's marvelous film about the Crusades and the fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Nicolaj Coster-Waldau also had a role in that film, hence the "gone to the wars" clue. But Coster-Waldau was not a kingslayer there, which was good for Glen, since he played Richard the Lionhearted. And killing Richard before his time would certainly have changed history. KINGDOM OF HEAVEN was filmed in Morocco... and Glen will be returning to those same locations to shoot the Pentos scenes for our pilot.

Iain Glen also appeared in MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON, co-starring as Speke to Patrick Bergin's Richard Burton. A wonderful performance in a fine film. Of course the character he will be playing in the HBO pilot, Ser Jorah Mormont, has never seen the Mountains of the Moon in Westeros, although the actor has seen the African version.

Like many of the best British actors, Iain Glen is a chameleon who often disappears into his roles. Visit his website and play some of his clips, and you may realize you have seen more of his work than you realize. He won't just play Ser Jorah, he'll BECOME him.

That's Ser Seven, and that's all folks.

For now.


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Aug. 21st, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN is a masterpiece if you ask me, and Iain Glen played his part magnificently. Thanks to The Waiting Game I already expected him to be Ser Jorah Mormont, so no suprises here!

Thank you so much for your elaboration on the casting, the choices, your opinions and of course for playing The Waiting Game with us!
Aug. 24th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
The director's cut of KoH was wonderful.
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:41 am (UTC)
Yes he is an EXCELLENT actor. He is a definite match for Jorah. Wow you guys have been busy. I ccouldn't be happier with the choices so far. WOO HOO
*Does 1000th happy dance.
*Hands George a double!
Here you deserve this Ser!
Here's to George and the wonderful work of magnificence!
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
It's funny, I just watched "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" again on Ovation network yesterday and I was noticing how good the guy playing Hamlet was in that - only just now did I realize it was Iain Glen. He really was YOUNG then.
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
Overall, seems like a pretty good cast. The most questionable piece of casting (based on physical looks) still seems to be Mark Addy as Robert. I like Mark Addy, I just don't believe that he could have ever been the most bad ass warrior around, capable of toppling a kingdom and taking it as his own. We'll see.
Aug. 23rd, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I really don't see the problem. Robert's a fat, jovial, ineffectual king. The days of badassery are rather distant memories, with Renly much more like the Robert that defeated Rhaegar than the Baratheon who sits the throne. He SHOULDN'T seem like someone who is capable of toppling a kingdom and taking it as his own. In a sense, he never was: I always got the impression that most of the strategy and political maneuvering was done by Eddard and/or John Arryn. Robert took the limelight so that Eddard wouldn't have to.
Aug. 21st, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
I am very pleased so far.

IMDB also has Jon, Joffrey and Viserys cast. What about that?
Aug. 21st, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
Oh! But you know that..
Nikolaj was only the village sheriff and King Richard did not ride with him to the wars in that movie!!!

You were misleading me with that clue!!!!


(Glad it's over)
Aug. 21st, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
Even if you may not know it, you're CLUE
has led me to my favourite CERSEI until now.

English Musical actress Denise van Outen.
Check her out here.
Aug. 21st, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
He was the baddie in the first Tomb Raider movie! Haha. Nothin', just wanted to put it out there. I like Iain Glen, he's a cool actor and fun to watch on screen.
Aug. 21st, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
The casting for all these roles is fantastic.
Aug. 21st, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Kingdom of Heaven is one of my all-time favorite movies.
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Mountains of the Moon was fantastic; I own a copy. And I hope you've seen the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven, which is wonderful, unlike the mystifying version that made it to the theater.

A beard really makes the man....
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
I have a terribly *unusual* question...
A group of your fans are having a little contest where they are making up menus for hypothetical resturants. They really, really need to know more about currency and food prices in Dorn. I kid you not, it does matter. Since you never wrote about it, I thought I would ask you. :)
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
I love Glen, this is really turning into a stellar cast.
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm excited!
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
thank you so much :)

Yes! Ian Glen is fantastic for Mormont. He might have to put on a few pounds, but who knows, makeup could probably get him there without issue.

Morocco for Pentos huh? How fun. Now we just need a production still of Dany next to him. I know the Old Bear won't likely be in the pilot but I'm eager to see who plays Jeor.
Aug. 21st, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Recent Casting
...I think every choice is spot on....

Great work, Grrm!
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
I am SO thrilled with the casting news. Sure, I don't know who half the actors are, but that they look close enough is half the selling. Of course, the only thing that will sustain is their ability...and I have no doubt, whatsoever, that these picks are cream of the crop. They certainly did choose well for those well-known faces!

Aug. 21st, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Your icon is fantastic!
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Come on!
Okay, I'm exited about this production also. BUT, I want the next book MORE. Tell it true-How long?
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Really. Saying nothing of his doubtless talent...Mormont...The Bear of a man from Bear island comes across as a burly, bearded, fatherly type, in his middle ages, grizzled and tough, and looking absoultley (in my mind and the mind of evey other fan Ive debated it with) nothing! like this man. Can;t be too disapointed. He may be wonderful in the role...but really not even close in appearance. So far they have done so well casting charecters in the exact likeness I had in my imagination until this. Way off.
Aug. 21st, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Here's to hoping there's a season 5! Seriously though, this is the most anticipated TV series for me...maybe ever...
Aug. 22nd, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
"KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, Ridley Scott's marvelous film about the Crusades"


Kingdom of Heaven was a ham handed sham of a movie. I couldn't even finish it. Terrible acting, and one of the worst screenplays I've seen in the last year.

My expectation for the HBO series has now dropped significantly.
Aug. 22nd, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Tastes differ. I saw a terrific movie, and the director's cut is even better.
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Aug. 22nd, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
I was in a horrible mood after chipping a tooth and losing 1700 words of writing, I didn't think anything could cheer me up. That series of posts just did! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug. 22nd, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm sure Mr. Glen will play Mormont with distinction but am I the only one who shudders when I hear Kingdom of Heaven referred to as marvelous? I thought it was a muddled mess!
Aug. 25th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
check out the Director's Cut of KOH. It's 1000 times better, and almost an entirely different movie than the theatrical cut.
Aug. 22nd, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Visit his website and play some of his clips, and you may realize you have seen more of his work than you realize.

You are absolutely right! Looking at the pictures you posted, I didn't realize who it was until I saw him clean shaven. He seems almost too handsome for how I pictured Jorah, but given his range, I'm sure you are right, he will become the character. Wow.
Aug. 22nd, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
I agree with you on this! I've also seen the photos, clips and his CV and by the looks of it he seems to be a really versatile actor that has many faces.
I do think Ser Jorah's role fits perfectly in the roles he has had so far, many of them were the adventurous type of person.
Aug. 22nd, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
I saw Iain Glen play Henry 5th in 1994 at the RSC. He was intense, charismatic actor then and I've no doubt he will make an amazing Mormont. Loving the cast so far!
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