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... on the theory that, sooner or later, we have to stop talking about fanfic.

So, let's see. Casting is in full swing for the HBO series. No one has been cast yet. But I think we're getting close on a few roles.

I've been looking at many audition tapes. Varys. Littlefinger. Pyp. Grenn. Sam. Ser Gregor. Renly. Bronn. Septa Mordane. Jory. The Old Bear. Even Marillion. And probably some other characters that I've forgotten about, writing this off the top of my head.

Some very hard choices await us. For some parts, a wealth of great possibilities, and no way to go wrong. For others, two or three strong contenders, then it tails off sharply. For a few, we have yet to see anyone who excites us, so the search goes on.

I've been asked if I will once again be giving "hints" when parts are cast. Honest answer: I don't know. I had fun with that last time around, and I think you guys did too. (It astonished me how quickly you solved some of those puzzles). But now that we have an actual series, HBO may very well want all casting announcements to come through them. Or maybe they won't care. In any case, he who pays the piper calls the tune, so I'll dance to whatever they play.

Tell you what, though... to save you guys the trouble of trying to parse every syllable of my posts here for hints and hidden meanings that do not exist, I will use a simple signal. If I do add any posts with casting hints, I'll use my Froggy the Gremlin userpic. If Froggy is not up there, then there are no hints in the post, so don't sweat it. (This is pretty much what I did last time round, I'm just making it explicit).

I think we're going to get some great people.

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souzanz
May. 9th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Casting
This must be an incredibly exciting part of the process for everyone involved, yet at the same time a little stressful. Once you put a face to the name it's hard to get out of your head when you imagine that world again, for me at least. I hope you will be able to find talented people that will do the characters justice.

I realise what little weight and significance any casting suggestions on here may have but I have to get this off my chest. I would love to see Denis Menochet make an appearance in your world. The single scene he had as Perrier LaPadite in Inglourious Basterds left me stunned, the amount of masculinity and intensity he brought added so much tension and gravitas to the dialogue. I would love to see him in action in Westeros, perhaps as Northman or a character from the Iron Islands.

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