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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.


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.


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.


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.


"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.


Jul. 19th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Composer for the HBO series
We have several composers in mind. In fact, the leading contenders have already been interviewed, and it's just a matter of making the final choice. (I have my own favorite).

Bottom line, it's probably too late to be tossing any new names into the hat. The composer will be one of those we've already interviwed.
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Composer for the HBO series
There's this German kid named Richard Wagner who would be perfect for the HBO series. I kid, but that sort of depth and passion and awe is what you need for this epic.
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Composer for the HBO series
Well in any case, I hope that you all employ some of Austin-based metal band The Sword's awesome GoT themed songs (from their album Gods of the Earth) somewhere in the project. Maybe Arya could be listening to it on her iPod or whatever. ;) To Take the Black is particularly badass.
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Composer for the HBO series
A related question:

Will Corvus Corax still be appearing in the Winterfell banquet scene? Obviously there will need to be major reshoots, and it seems like this sequence will need either partial or total reshoots because of the loss of Jennifer Ehle (unless they can shoot around that, somehow). So, is Corvus Corax still available, if that's the case? They seemed like an inspired choice for the scene, once I became familiar with their music.
Jul. 19th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Composer for the HBO series
And here I thought it might be too early to be thinking about the score ;)
Thanks for the info!


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