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Actors, Actors Everywhere

The big HBO fact sheet, seen below, announced a whole bunch of new castings. Too many for me to discuss all at once, unless I wanted to devote the whole day to it. Which I don't. I have a big monkey to wrestle.

Let me say a few words about a few, however. (I'll get to the others in good time).

In the part of Marillion the singer (who is NOT named after the band), we have EMUN ELLIOTT, a young Scottish actor who has recently appeared in BLACK DEATH with Sean Bean.



He could almost pass for a member of the Night's Watch in that gear, I think. His other credits include MONARCH OF THE GLEN and an SF crime drama called PARADOX.

EMUN ELLIOTT


He did not actually play the lute in his auditions, so I can't say whether he will be singing his own songs when that time comes.

As Maester Aemon, we have PETER VAUGHAN, another truly amazing British character actor with a resume that stretches back to 1954 and includes appearances in such classic films as THE 39 STEPS, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, TIME BANDITS, THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN, and many many more. He's worked with Alfred Hitchcock and Walt Disney, and his TV credits include everything from THE SAINT to THE PALLISERS to WAR AND REMEMBRANCE. He's going to be a sensational Maester Aemon.

PETER VAUGHAN


Equally distintinguished is the resume of the actress who will play Old Nan, one of Aemon's rivals for the title is oldest living resident of the Seven Kingdoms (Walder Frey is up there too, but he hasn't been cast yet). Her name is MARGARET JOHN.

MARGARET JOHN


Born and raised in Wales, Margaret John has been acting professionally since 1960. British audiences known her best for her recurring role as Doris in the television series GAVIN & STACY. SF fans may remember her from her appearances on DOCTOR WHO and BLAKE'S 7. But her credits go on and on forever, and her Old Nan was a delight.

As for my latest round of clues... yes, you solved this one too. Give yourselves a pat on the head. You guys are impossible to fool for long.

So let me confirm. The part of OSHA will be played by NATALIA TENA.

NATALIA TENA


"Arthur and Morgana are familiar with this wildling wench," I said. The wildling wench is Osha, of course. Natalia appeared with Jamie Campbell Bower in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS and with Eva Green in WOMB. JBC will play Arthur and Eva Green will be Morgana in the new Starz series CAMELOT.

"In the books she has not met Theon's sister (yet). Real life? Well... " Osha has not encountered Asha in the novels, no. But Natalia went to school with singer Lily Allen, the sister of Alfie Allen, who will play Theon in the series.

"Actress and character both made a splash," I wrote. The scene used in the audition was the godswood scene where Bran comes on Osha bathing in the pool beneath the weirwood. And Natalie took a celebrated skinny dip during a music festival a year ago, as reported in the British press.

Fantasy fans will know Tena best for her portrayal of the purple-haired Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter films. When I saw that she was reading for Osha, my first thought was, "She's great, but no way, she's too young and too hot." Then I saw her reading, and none of the other Oshas had a chance. Her charisma grabbed me by the throat and I could not take my eyes off her. David and Dan felt the same way. We're all thrilled to have her.

So that's four. Discuss amongst yourselves. My monkey is waiting.

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hippoiathanatoi
Jul. 17th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Very cool to get Tena confirmed. The good Rabbit guessed that one.

I also have to say, learning earlier today that William FRACKIN Hobbs is helping Miltos Yerolemou get ready for his role as Syrio was kind of ... uh, jaw-dropping. He's a living legend. Rob Roy, Robin and Marian, The Duellists, Lester's Musketeers films, Dangerous Liasons... A ridiculous list of credits.

I wonder if he'll be choreographing any of the fights in the first season, or if he's just helping Miltos polish up his stage combat craft?
absintheskiss
Jul. 17th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Peter Vaughan is such a brilliant actor. I am so glad you got him.
ralf_eugen
Jul. 17th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
OSHA LOOKS AMAZING

(others as well, of course. I know Vaughan - he's a terrific actor)
jmparker78
Jul. 17th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Question: So you've cast a number of Valemen; Lysa, Robin, Ser Hugh, Ser Vardis, etc. Conspicuously absent from this list is the Blackfish. Is he being shunted to next season?
oxalispescaprae
Jul. 21st, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
good question
cailin_t
Jul. 17th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Maester Aemon was always Peter O'Toole in my head, ha. Oh well. :(

And yeah, I had the same feeling about that actress for Osha - too young and too hot! But okay, I'll trust you!
musedmoose
Jul. 17th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
I thought the actress playing Osha looked familiar... it's no wonder I didn't really recognize her from the HP movies; her character was hardly in them. *duck*

I have to say, though, while I'm unfamiliar with most of the actors and actresses being cast, with every single one of them I've looked at their pictures and realized that, yes, I can definitely see them as the character they're playing. Especially with the recent castings of Littlefinger and Varys. @_@ There's a weird kind of dissonance that comes with seeing a character you know and love played by someone who looks nothing like how you pictured them; it's good to know that won't be happening with this series. Can't wait.
saxster
Jul. 17th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Natalia grabbed my attention in the Harry Potter movies, even with just a few very brief scenes. She has great expressiveness. I think she'll be dynamite.
jimbow8
Jul. 17th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Tonks? We got Tonks! That is awesome. I am so infatuated with Tonks in the Harry Potter movies (even the books). She gets nowhere near enough screen time. Hopefully her role in GoT will change that. :)
ragdoll
Jul. 17th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Big fan of Nat Tena's here -- as I mentioned in my other comment in the other post, she's amazing in About a boy and Mrs Henderson Presents and she's got a good rep as a stage actress in the UK. Horribly underused in the Potter films though. She's also a bit of a mad woman in public appearances so not surprised that she blew everyone away as Osha. Woo hoo!

And Peter f'ing Vaughn as Maester Aemon?!! My fave role of his is probably in Brazil but he's brilliant in everything. Can't wait to see him!
whatamiatailor
Jul. 17th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Tonks/Osha
Anyone who thinks that Natalia Tena would make a bad Osha (for whatever reason) should watch About a Boy. She's eve YOUNGER in that and pretty much plays the exact same character (only with cleaner clothes and a nose ring.)(And less tendency to murder people)And she was great in that.
jmparker78
Jul. 18th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
If anyone is interested in seeing Peter Vaughan in a hilarious, but VERY un-Aemon-like, roll, check out the original British "Death at a Funeral". It's got our Tyrion in it, as well.
gute_fee
Jul. 18th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
I love reading your thoughts on the casting as it progresses. It's wonderful to see how incredibly excited you are and how invested you remain in the project. You're an inspiration in every way.
wolfwidow
Jul. 18th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Your Monkey
Keep at that monkey ;-) Gotta say, even with all this amazing casting news, seeing Kong conquered will top it all!! You are the best! Rock on!
timmmah
Jul. 18th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
Re: Your Monkey
I have to agree. Even the mild mention of the monkey gets me excited. Dance updates perk my ears (eyes?) up instantly
martinhesselius
Jul. 18th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)

Good choices!
(ZOMG Tena will make a good Osha!)
leilijon
Jul. 18th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
TONKS!!! That makes me unbelievably happy.

I need to order HBO soon.
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