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And here's the big blast from HBO that I have been promising:

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GAME OF THRONES

HBO Entertainment
Season one will total 10 episodes
Production is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and is will begin principal photography on July 26, 2010.

“Game of Thrones” has received funding from Northern Ireland Screen and will shoot in the Paint Hall studio, Belfast, as well as various locations in Northern Ireland. A second location for production will be Malta with assistance from the Malta Film Commission.

LOG LINE:

“Game of Thrones” is a new original HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling novels. In a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the Westeros crown comes with a price. Betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdom, from the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and the ancient Wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noble men vie for power in the bloody struggle for the Iron Throne.

SERIES CREDITS:

David Benioff Executive Producer
D.B. Weiss Executive Producer
Carolyn Strauss Co-Executive Producer
Guymon Casady Co-Executive Producer
Vince Gerardis Co-Executive Producer
Ralph Vicinanza Co-Executive Producer
George R.R. Martin Co-Executive Producer
Mark Huffam Producer
Frank Doelger Producer
Marco Pontecorvo Director of Photography
Alik Sakharov Director of Photography
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Michele Clapton Costume Designer

The pilot was written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The writers of the series are: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (seven episodes), Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson and George R.R. Martin (one episode each). “Game of Thrones” is based on the series of books “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin.

The pilot director was Tom McCarthy. Series directors include: Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor. Other directors will be announced as they are confirmed.




SERIES REGULARS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Sean Bean as Eddard “Ned” Stark
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jamie Lannister
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen
Richard Madden as Rob Stark
Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane (Hound)
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

FEATURED CAST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Ron Donachie as Ser Rodrik Cassel
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Conleth Hill as Varys
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin

GUEST CAST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

Josef Altin as Pyp
Gethin Anthony as Renly Baratheon
Ciaran Bermingham as Mord
Esme Bianco as Ros
Susan Brown as Septa Mordane
Dominic Carter as Janos Slynt
Antonia Christophers as Mhaegen
Kate Dickie as Lysa Arryn
Roy Dotrice as Grand Maester Pycelle
Emun Elliott as Marillion
Lino Facioli as Robin Arryn
Jefferson Hall as Ser Hugh of the Vale
Derek Halligan as Alliser Thorne
Rhodri Hosking as Mycah
Margaret John as Old Nan
Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell
Dermot Keaney as Gared
Francis Magee as Yoren
Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark
Brendan McCormack as Ser Vardis Egan
Ian McElhinney as Ser Barristan Selmy
Luke McEwan as Rast
Kristian Nairn as Hodor
Rob Ostlere as Ser Waymar Royce
Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister
Jamie Sives as Jory Cassel
John Standing as Jon Arryn
Conan Stevens as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon Targaryen
Miltos Yeromelou as Syrio Forel

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George again, with a few closing comments.

Yes, we will be filming in Malta, rather than returning to Morocco. The Knights Hospitaller were kind enough to build some great sets for us.

"Mhaegan" is little Barra's mother. She has no name in the novel.

Two more directors have been named. This was news to me as well. I'm excited too.

Lysa's son has been renamed for the series. "Robin" instead of "Robert," as in the books. He's still Sweetrobin.

Marillion has not been renamed, though I offered to do so. I was tired of people assuming he was named after the band. I had never heard of the band when I named him, though I've heard a lot about them since.

'nuff said. This should give you plenty to chew on for a few days... while casting continues and we nail down a few more parts. Lots more still to come, including Osha, Shae, and Twyin.

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eekoop
Jul. 17th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Renly has been cast??
markwise
Jul. 17th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
The only one I really question is Kate Dickie as Lysa Arryn. Based upon her pictures on the web she is younger and prettier than Catelyn. If I am not mistaken Lysa is supposed to be younger yes but also the less pretty one. She was always in Catelyn's shadow in terms of beauty and contributed to her later problems.

So I wonder about that casting.
markwise
Jul. 17th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
My only casting issue so far is with Kate Dickie as Lysa Arryn. According to her pictures online, she is cuter than the actress that plays Catelyn. In the books she is suppposed to be always in Catelyn's shadow when it came to beauty and contributed to her later problems. I don't see that as an issue as it is.
mizkit
Jul. 17th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
Wahoo!!!!!
alice_the_raven
Jul. 17th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
I'm really excited to see Jason Momoa, one of my favorites from Stargate.
loopily
Jul. 17th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Oh Congratulations, sir. I'm so happy that this is coming together, I've been reccing this and your books left and right to my friends. I can't wait to see this on screen. HBO do incredible things and I think that this may be their best choice yet.
tirananeal
Jul. 17th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
Malta?
When will the filming take place in Malta? I'm not so far away (Tirana), but only for about a year more. Hmm... vacation? Weekend getaway?
ironclad1609
Jul. 17th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
It's a marvelous band, though! And the reason why the character could do no wrong in my book :P
oxalispescaprae
Jul. 17th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
I can´t help being a bit worried about the long of the episodes. I mean, i´m used to watch some series (maybe they aren´t so many), and they take, at best, 55 minutes (like Six Feet Under, another Great series). Just ten episodes seems a bit short for me, i don´t know.

I guess it won´t be like the books, with every POV and all of that.
Could you tell us something about this? thanks for the updating!

Everything it´s so exciting.
misseri44
Jul. 17th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
Nice info on the cast and it's good that they're shooting in Malta, great place for filming and if you have the opportunity and haven't been there before, visit it, it's a magical place
perpetual
Jul. 17th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Aw, the Robert rename means that there won't be any confusion about Jon Arryn on his deathbed mumbling about the seed being strong. Not like that was a crucial moment or anything, but I thought it was clever.

So excited! Seems like just yesterday all we knew was Peter Dinklage, and now the cast looks huuuuge!
strayth
Jul. 17th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Wooh wooooh! So excited for this, how proud you must be. Honestly I'm already looking forward to the DVDs, but then, I love DVD extra features / commentaries.

Congratulations again :)
errindel
Jul. 17th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Season 1 scope?
So we have any sense of how far into Game of Thrones these 10 episodes of Season 1 will go?
misstopia
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Re: Season 1 scope?
Season 1 should cover all of the first book. Expect The Music of Dragons/The King in the North for the finale.
Re: Season 1 scope? - mmepompadour - Jul. 19th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
limerick_jim
Jul. 17th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
4 corners of the kingdom
I think it would be cool if instead saying "...forces shake the four corners of the Kingdom" if it was "...forces shake the seven corners of the Kingdom". kind of tie in with the mythology of the books and add a level of intrigue to anyone not familiar with the books "why are there 7 corners and not 4?"
claym00re
Jul. 17th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Pilot and Series
Could somebody clear this up for me:

In this instance, was the pilot merely used as a showpiece? A presentation to the HBO execs of how the show would look? A kind-of greenlight pitch? Is it also Episode 1? How will the the pilot be incorporated into the 10 episodes? Is it one of them?

Thank you for whatever help you can give.
grrm
Jul. 17th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Pilot and Series
The pilot will be episode one, yes.
divalicious
Jul. 18th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
Throwing in another vote of confidence for Jane Espenson, who is an excellent writer!
asator
Jul. 18th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
Jason Momoa
I cannot believe no one has commented on Khal Drogo! Jason Momoa, the actor listed in this press release, is playing Conan as well!

http://www.movieweb.com/news/NE6O6uNb55CP9a

Some pretty exciting pictures full of bloody gore coming out of that one.

Very excited to see that news because as I read it Jason is the person I see as Drogo.
patrick_tully
Jul. 19th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Jason Momoa
They originally announced Momoa before the pilot was filmed, so those who have been following the casting longer already knew he was Drogo. So it isn't lack of enthusiasm, but focus on the roles that had not been announced previously.
skyklad70
Jul. 18th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
Casting
My only issue with the casting are the rolls of Cersei and Robert. Their looks are a very important story point. Cersei being a pale golden Lannister and Robert with his thick black hair. These are the "clues" to the childrens lineage. Casting Cersei with such thick black hair will be a bit strange story wise. You may think this unimportant as they can bleach her hair... but I need only mention Colin Farrell in Alexander as an example of how well that will work.
mmepompadour
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Casting
There are plenty of non-blonde actors who play blonde extremely convincingly. (Anna Paquin, for one).

'Bleaching' is a terrible idea. Lightening their hair correctly is not. Whoever did Colin Farrel's should be shot - they clearly just straight-up bleached rather than lightening gradually.
pepsl
Jul. 18th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Kate Dickie's role is too big for her. Literally. Although, if she puts on 'bout 20 killos, she might be right for the job.
the12judge
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
"Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jamie Lannister"

Is that a typo, or intentional? Not a big difference, but if they're keeping the spelling of "Ser" then why not keep the name as "Jaime"
arilyn78
Jul. 22nd, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
Sean Bean
Every movie I have seen him in (except National Treasure), whatever character he plays dies in the movie. He has great death scenes. I can't wait to see how he does as Ned.
hale
Jul. 23rd, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Aiden Gillen is perfectly cast as Littlefinger. For those who never saw, Gillen played a mayoral candidate in The Wire who was one of the more complicated, morally gray characters in the longer arc.

What I liked best about Gillen's performance was the way he conveyed Carcetti's charm and good intentions while subtly implying that his passion and energy owed just as much to ambition, insecurity and desire to win. (There are points that pertain even more directly to Petyr Baelish, but they entail spoilers.)

Fantastic choice.
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