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More Casting to Come

Glad to see everyone so excited about the casting.

We're not done yet by any means. Roles still to be filled for the pilot include Bran, Jory, Hullen, Jeyne Poole, Septa Mordane, Maester Luwin, Ser Rodrik, Grand Maester Pycelle, Khal Drogo, Magister Illyrio, and the threesome from the prologue, Gared, Will, and Waymar Royce.
And the ever-popular Red-Headed Whore and Nameless Eunuch.

Rickon, Tommen, Myrcella, and Beth will be non-speaking parts.

People are getting way ahead of themselves with suggestions for Varys, Littlefinger, Lord Tywin, Ser Barristan, Renly, Stannis, Melisandre, etc. None of those characters appear in the pilot, and some won't appear until the second season.

Assuming, of course, that we get that far.


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Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
I would love to see John Hurt in one of the roles. He would fit the role of anyone in his age range!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Re: John Hurt
Hurt was born to play Walder Frey. He just doesn't realize it yet.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Of course there will be a second season!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Of course it will get a second season. You have a rather rabid pack of fans already chomping at the bit for the series....lol!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Movie versus Book:)
Hello Mr. Martin,

I would just like to say that I am extremely excited about the movie (and would like to see Courtney Cox as Catalyn), but.......... I keep up with your website as well as the livejournal that you have. I know that you have been hard at work and said that you wouldn't do it, and I am sure that there are others that feel this way as well, I would like to see a update of the book "Dance with Dragons". I know this goes against all that you have said but it has been well over a year since your last post. It would definately make the deep agonizing pain of not knowing anything go away.LOL

Anyways good luck with the casting and all other things going on, and I hope you are not offended by this. It is only a friendly request.:)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: Movie versus Book:)
Dear Mr. Martin,

Please ignore this idiot. The rest of us understand that you can't create to a schedule, and are perfectly willing to wait until it's done and done right, to your satisfaction.

Not that I'm not hoping you don't get a sudden flash of inspiration, and knock out the remaining chapters in a visionary haze over a 1-week period that starts tomorrow, but ever since Steven King used up the last of those kinds of drugs in his heyday, none of use are expecting it, and we understand.

Keep up the good work.

(PS: Go Jets, go Giants. Or at least "Go Jones" and "Go Bradshaw".)
Re: Movie versus Book:) - adancewdragons - Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:13 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Movie versus Book:) - assistantty - Sep. 2nd, 2009 06:35 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: <sigh> - alwaysoptimistc - Sep. 2nd, 2009 05:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: <sigh> - jon_snow_stark - Sep. 2nd, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: You're welcome. - alwaysoptimistc - Sep. 3rd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Movie versus Book:) - tzaddi_93 - Sep. 2nd, 2009 11:45 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Does that mean that previous guesses of Lena Hedley and Rory McCann are correct? Also no Renly or Rickon in the pilot?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
oops, sorry you already mentioned them both, I am dumb :)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Eunuch will take time
I'm not surprised the Nameless Eunuch is taking extra time to find. For that role, the casting couch is useless.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: Eunuch will take time
They're probably looking in the wrong place altogether. You want Congress for that role.
Re: Eunuch will take time - opaltiger - Sep. 2nd, 2009 10:32 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Eunuch will take time - noonecomesnear - Sep. 3rd, 2009 01:05 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Pycelle appears in the pilot but Varys and Littlefinger don't? Interesting. Pity I lent my copy of AGOT to my mother, cause now I want to go and check exactly when each character is introduced. :)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
There is a scene in the pilot with Pycelle in King's Landing early on that doesn't exist in the book. It's something you can infer might have happened, but we just didn't see because the books focus mostly on the Starks at the beginning. Mainly it's there to fill in some information that was presented in the book in ways that may not have worked as well on screen. It's a pretty decent little scene, feels very 'right.'
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Out of those listed, I am really curious to see who may play Khal Drogo. I think that might be a tough spot to fill. :)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
The Pilot
Many of the characters yet to be cast for the pilot (ex. Khal Drogo) shouldn't really be entering the series till a much later episode, no?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Re: The Pilot
Khal Drogo is in the pilot, which I believe will cover Dany's first two chapters from the novel.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
I'm not seeing Hodor on that list, does that mean he's been cast and you're not telling . . . or did he get left off the list?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hodor Hodor?
I'm actually a bit confused now... both "eat your porage and you'll grow up big and strong" and "the dog is green" clues seem to point to Rory McCann... and the use of "dog" suggests the Hound, which could fit him well... but I just watched Hot Fuzz last night because he's in it, and he pretty much plays Hodor in that film (instead of saying 'hodor' he repeats 'yarrb' a bunch). Perhaps McCann is being cast as Hodor, and the dog comment has some other meaning?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Rickon, Tommen, Myrcella, and Beth will be non-speaking parts.

Does this mean Sansa now has lines in the pilot? Or is she omitted simply because she's already been cast?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Will any of the filming be open to visit or tour? I know this is a complete longshot, but I'm going to Ireland on my honeymoon and it would be the dream of my life to at least get to glance behind-the-scenes action.

My husband and I bonded over Song of Ice & Fire on our first date. Our mutual love for your books practically brought us together! ;)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
We Need Twin Pics!!
Someone needs to put the two actors side by side so we can see how the twins look! Maybe some master of photoshop can even make her a blonde?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
As I said in an earlier post Jay Laga'aia would be a phenomenol Khal Drogo. Not sure how tied up with Legend of the Seeker he is or whether he'd even want to leave New Zealand, but he'd be perfect.

Of course there will be a second season. And a third. And a fourth. (And by that time, the books will all be completed and they'll go to season seven. *nods*)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
I was just about to comment that I figured Khal Drogo should be Maori. I don't know why but physically I always pictured him and his people as Polynesian, though I know the culture isn't a match at all.

Jay Laga'aia isn't a regular on Legend of the Seeker, but the question of whether he'd be willing to leave NZ (though he did for Star Wars) is a valid one.
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Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
Okay, it's me with the dumb questions again. What exactly is a pilot? Does it have a determined length? Is it a full episode or is it just an example not necessarily with a specific length?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
A pilot is usually the first episode of a series, though sometimes a more inexpensive pilot is shot that is never meant to be aired as a kind of 'proof of concept' for the show. In either case, the pilot is shot first and the network decides based on how much they like it, and how much they like the plan for the rest of the series, if they will produce the full season. If not, usually nobody ever hears from the project again and it dies.

Occasionally (and this was, I think, more common back in the 1970's and 1980's), a network will produce a TV movie that is meant as a way to test a show concept for a possible series. If the ratings are good and the response is very positive, the TV movie will become the basis for a series - this is called a "backdoor pilot." "The Battlestar Galactica" mini-series is a perfect example of a backdoor pilot. Response to it was so high, they went ahead an did a whole 4-year series based on it.
(no subject) - hippoiathanatoi - Sep. 2nd, 2009 09:20 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
I'm a little biased here, but I hope against hope that there's some amazing role that needs to be filled that Viggo Mortensen can do, because god damn that man is hardcore.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Roles for Viggo
I think he'd make an excellent Halfhand, but he'd need a bigger role. What about Bronn?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
We'll make it happen.
There will be seven seasons for sure. I'll make sure everyone in Scandinavia will watch the show. And for the moment I'm working on ppl stateside. But hey, you've gotta write the books first. Don't let the excitement about the show give you a writers block, we're starved for the next book!! :)
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
Re: We'll make it happen.
seven seasons? dont hold your breath. remember that hbo produced rome(which was similar in the size and cost of the project), and they canceled that show due to high costs. Then you have to consider that at current pace the seventh book in the series probably wont be out by the time the hbo series gets that far.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
HBO should hire me because I am selling them to everyone I know just so we can all watch the show.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
I've made a couple of "Brady Bunch" mosaics of The Starks and Lannisters on HBO, if anyone is curious. I'll fill the boxes in as they become cast.


Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
Oooooooh, those links just made me realized HOW awesome the casting is!!! It is reaaaaaaaaally really well done!!!
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Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
I don't see Cersei in the list of to-be-cast. Did I miss the announcement regarding her?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
yes, you did.
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Sep. 2nd, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
No little finger, Vary, or Tywin first season???
I was under the impression that the first season would represent the entire book of "A Game of Thrones". I can understand some slight differences existing between the tv and book versions but Varys, Littlefinger, and Lord Tywin ARE the villains in a Game of Thrones. Its like saying they are writing Romeo and Juliet except Juliet won't be in it ( Yes, that idea would make an interesting movie but thats not the point!).
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: No little finger, Vary, or Tywin first season???
You've misunderstood what GRRM wrote.

"None of those characters appear in the pilot, and some won't appear until the second season."

If HBO options an entire first series, then other major characters who haven't been cast for the first one or two hour pilot will then be hired. And there may be recasts of people already seen if there's a schedule conflict, money conflict, or they just plain don't work out in the role. The pilot episode couldn't possibly cover the entire novel of AGoT.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
So Incredibly excited
Hurray! Great work GRRM and HBO team. This should be fun!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
I look forward to seeing who gets to play Maester Luwin. I picture him as Ian Holms-ish. ;)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)

this is getting tedious.

george - focus on the book. let HBO focus on the casting.

we love you, but seriously.
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