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As Cersei Lannister...

... yes, we have the superb British actress Lena Headey.

That's not news, I know. The CHICAGO TRIBUNE broke the story, and the casting has been confirmed by the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Reuters, and numerous other blogs and websites. But just in case there were any doubts, this should put 'em to rest.

Lena is best known among genre fans for playing Sarah Connor in the recently cancelled Fox show THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES. Sarah, of course, was played in the TERMINATOR films by Linda Hamilton, who was also Catherine on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Yes, that was the "Six Degrees" clue, with Sarah Connor as the link.

Lena also starred as Queen Gorgo of Sparta in the film 300, whence came my two "Gorgo" clues, one playing off the old monster movie GORGO (see below), the other off the actual historical Queen Gorgo, as chronicled by Herodotus, Father of History.

(Some folks have complained that the clues were too hard. Maybe so. Hard to judge these things. Originally I had intended to write that the search for our queen had been terminated after looking at three hundred actresses, but Parris convinced me that you lot would have solved that one in about six seconds. So blame her.)

Lena Headey has played all sorts of other roles besides Queen Gorgo and Sarah Connor, of course. Check out her credits on IMDB. She's even worked with Jennifer Ehle (our Catelyn) in POSSESSION, she played Guinevere in MERLIN, she's appeared in many period pieces and even a few set during the medieval period. Her range was one of the things that impressed us most about her; Cersei is a character with many colors, and Lena will be able to give us all of them. Her readings were wonderful... and of course she's beautiful and sexy as hell.

Yes, it's true, she's not a blonde, but she has played one on TV (and in films). Seriously, guys. This is HBO. They know about wigs and hair dyes and stuff like that.

Lena should be amazing as the queen you love to hate. I'm thrilled to have her aboard.


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Sep. 3rd, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oh HELL yeah. I'm watching.

There are other benefits to a show being on HBO...
Sep. 3rd, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
she's hawt, I like her :P I can't wait to see some sort of preview for the pilot :)
Sep. 3rd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
She'll be fantistic, for sure.

However, I had secret hopes for Connie Nielsen (gladiator, devil's advocate..), don't even know if she applied for the role.
She would have made a great cersei.
Sep. 4th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
I had shared the same hopes too. Connie Nielsen was my first round draft pick for Cersei.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
she is quite hot.. ^^
Sep. 3rd, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
good choice!
nice rack!
Sep. 3rd, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
I was hoping for Tricia Helfer, but I hadn't thought of Lena Headey as a possibility. She'll be fantastic!
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I would have liked Tricia Helfer too. Not with the stupidly bleached blonde hair (that I think makes her look far less attractive than she is), but with a nice golden blonde she is absolutely gorgeous. And she did a decent job playing a manipulative role on BSG.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Very cool, especially with Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn. I saw them in POSSESSION this last winter and didn't recognize Headey till halfway through. The relationship they had there will certainly add spark to their scenes together.
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Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Starts rehabiltion commitee for Mrs. Lena Headey
It's called the Action Committee for Actresses Who Avoid Typecasting!

There have been problems with actresses playing roles that are so hateful and endearing that Heather Donahue recently retired from acting completely after her turn as a Character in The Blair Witch Project...

C.A.W.A.T looks to reverse that trend-and stand up for actresses who play wicked roles convincingly!

All we ask is that psycho fans respect the fact that she was only ACTING vile-but is actually a very nice person in real life!

We at CAWAT asks that nobody gets weird at fan conventions asking her what her character was thinking. Or asking Mrs.Heady to explain what her character was *not* thinking.

She is a professional actress-and she likes bunnies and picnics and orphans and family and living a normal life.

CAWAT asks that you all do not act up like a bunch of rabid Twilight Fans.

CAWAT asks us to be all professional fans who are Grown Woman and Men Fans!
Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Absolutely breath taking...
Sep. 4th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
I thought the only post from you that would make me hyperventilate would be the one where you say Dance is done. I was wrong. This almost made me pass out. (the wine didn't help, but still)
I can't stop grinning. This whole thing is like waiting for a roller-coaster to start.
Sep. 4th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
She is going to be AWESOME. She is awesome anyway. Congrats George!
Sep. 5th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
I know twins arent always identical, but i see no resemblance.not really something thats gonna bother me but i would have liked to see,at least a nose or an eye that could be a family link between the two.
Sep. 7th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
My hope is that the actors will give life to the characters, projecting "twinness" despite a lack of physical similarities. After all, beauty is only skin-deep, but mannerisms can stay with you forever.
Sep. 5th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Woah... All I can say is that if I were Jaime, I would do exactly the same.

Then again, for me she looks more like Catelyn.
Sep. 5th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
She's got the look
I always thought she was too pretty, not stringy enough, to be Sarah Connor. She'll be great as Cersei! She's got the talent, the physique, that cold or vulnerable face by turns. Great pick!
Sep. 8th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
"This is HBO. They know about wigs and hair dyes and stuff like that."

The only thing "wrong" with her is that she's littered with tattoos. Hopefully HBO will just translate that into extra makeup. ;)
Sep. 9th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Interesting... not what I expected in the least. I liked her a lot in 300, but like many I feel she did not pull off Sarah Connor at all. I don't know how much of that was her doing, and how much it was directing/writing but... it worries me a bit?

Also definitely not the look I was thinking of. I don't mean coloring, that's easily taken care of as mentioned. Rather, I mean that she's really not STUNNINGLY, GLAMOROUSLY beautiful like Cersei is described to be. Don't get me wrong, she's very good looking, but definitely no "most beautiful woman in the world."
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
So, given the 6 degrees clue, is it Ron Pearlman or Michael Biehn who's been cast?
Sep. 17th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Lena Headey
It was a relief to see the most debased vile character in the books will be played by a foreign British actress and the truly wholesome characters played by Americans. I'm feeling real good about this show already.
Sep. 21st, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Good choice
She is a great actress... She will be difficult to dispise as much as Cersi's charachter though... I'm suprised she wasn't casted as Lady Stark. Yet being that she is such a good actor, I'm sure she'll find a way to fit the bill
Oct. 30th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
re: something I can't get out of my mind...
So far the castings sound great, but one thing keeps on churning in the back of my mind...

While the success of the pilot must be first established and many things can happen to kill a series, I can't help but think of my dream casting for Tywin Lannister if the pilot proves a success and a series is approved.

Two words: Dick Cheney.

Picture him with the 'chops setting off his bald pate and greenish-gold contact lenses.

It will never happen, of course, as he is no Tom Delay, but imagine it if he were to accept. I think it would create the perfect atmosphere for the Lannisters.

I think the publicity for just approaching him for the part would be worth it. Imagine his reaction. Imagine the buzz it would create.

Imagine if he accepted...
Jason Rearick
Apr. 23rd, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
casting doubt
Now while I agree with 7/8 of the casting of The Game of Thrones, I disagree with the casting of Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark. After watching most of the first season I didn't grow to loathe these characters as I did in the book. I found Lena to be a little too soft spoken and lacked the subtlety that showed the contempt she had towards her enemies. I thought of someone like Meryl Streep, but of course, budgets are what they must be, especially in the first season

I also didn't grow to loathe Sansa's naivete, which was made abundantly clear in the novel. It isn't so much that you have to say the lines but you must convince me of such.

As far as the others I totally agree with the casting of Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. Especially after watching "The Station Agent," Dinklage was the only one I believed who could pull this character off, despite his size.

Same with the characters that play Ned Stark and Littlefinger. Sean Bean and Aidan Gillen bring the subtlety that makes each time I watch their episodes a new enjoyable viewing experience.

As far as Tywin Lannister, my first thought was Michael Hogan given his performance as Col. Saul Tigh from "Battlestar Galactica," especially during the beginning of the third season where he was the hard-nosed leader of the insurgency. But once I saw Charles Dance butchering the stag with an icy glare towards Jamie in his opening scene I was convinced. His deathly sinister look and matter of factness solidified his place in my mind when I read the books.

All in all, a remarkable job in casting.
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