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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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rarewind
May. 9th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
Littlefinger
Littlefinger will be such a crucial role to cast. Count one enthusiastic vote for John Simm. I think he would fantastic. I am still tripping on the fact that Peter Dinklage will play Tyrion. I mean that was written in the stars. They couldn't of cast that better. Here's hoping the same comes true with Littlefinger.
neoqbirdie
May. 9th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Littlefinger
As fabulous as I think John Simm would be for Littlefinger, it's sometimes not so easy. He could easily be committed to other projects or even not interested in the role. Even if he has auditioned, or thought about auditioning, it's possible that his tape doesn't speak to the casting director in exactly the right way. Hundreds of things can go wrong in casting, but hundreds of things can go right as well. I think we'll just have to trust HBO here, who usually have an excellent feel for putting the right man in the right part.
progame13
May. 9th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Littlefinger
Littlefinger is going to be one of the key roles in the show. Whoever gets the part has to have that manipulative quality, but at the same time that innocence that keeps him a minor character for so long. My vote goes to James Callis. He was perfect for Gaius Baltar, and I've always imagined Littlefinger having some of the same quirks as Gaius, just perhaps not as pronounced.
lampster65
May. 13th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Littlefinger
Seconded!

Another choice, and my current "head picture" of Littlefinger, is Dominic West, particularly with the little beard he wore for 300.
leilijon
May. 9th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Littlefinger
Oooohh John Simm! I never thought of him for Littlefinger, but now that you mention it, he would be freaking perfect.

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