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The Beans Are Spilled

Well, the first two beans, anyway. There will be many more beans to come.

But HBO has signed a director for the GAME OF THRONES pilot, and the first cast member has come aboard as well.

The pilot will be helmed by Tom McCarthy, director of THE VISITOR and THE STATION AGENT.

And playing Tyrion Lannister will be Peter Dinklage, who was almost everyone's "dream casting" for the role (he certainly was mine):

You can read more details in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, which broke the news this morning:

I'm thrilled.

Things are starting to move a lot faster now. The rest of the year is going to be exciting!


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May. 6th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Will he wearing makeup for the role of Tyrion? I think he might be a little too fair of face for the role without it. :P
May. 6th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Hmm would it be cheaper to buy HBO for a couple years or buy the series on DVD?
(no subject) - roflcopter_down - May. 7th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Buy HBO - legolaws - May. 7th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Buy HBO - randomintel - May. 7th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dinklage can act - madcap2112 - May. 7th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 6th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to tune in!
May. 6th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Dinklage is perfect. EXACTLY who I thought would be perfect in the role. :-)
May. 6th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
SO excited about the casting news!!! I was hoping they would get him, he is going to do awesome in the role! :D
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Re: fake hunch - yagathai - May. 6th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 6th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Is that a fake hunch I see? Very nice!
May. 6th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure it's actually fake. I think Dinklage suffers from slight spinal deformity. Back and hip problems are common among dwarfs, as I understand it.
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fake hunch - brudewollen - May. 6th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 6th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Such great news.
May. 6th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
oh, that's bloody fantastic casting for Tyrion. YAY!
May. 6th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations (to all of us)!

I'm glad it's a format and channel that will do the source material justice.
May. 6th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)

Will Peter Dinklage dye his hair blond? He seems great, but the blondness is so tied up with the Lannisterness... it just wouldn't seem quite right if he (and Jamie and Cerci and all) weren't blond...
May. 6th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Wigs! :D
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(no subject) - gege_the_dodo - May. 6th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 6th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
That's amazing news! I'm so excited! Hooray!
May. 6th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
let me know when to sign up for HBO!!!
May. 6th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Wooo, Dinklage. As soon as I saw him in 30 Rock I knew he'd be the perfect Tyrion. On a side note, is it just me or is 'Dinklage' one of the more unfortunate names a midget can have? I'm not trying to mock the guy, but I can't imagine high school going well for him under those conditions.
May. 6th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)

I just got so excited that I had to Thumper tap on my desk to express it. The image is perfect for Tyrion. It will be a much better image in my head than Hoggle from the Labyrinth (I'm 26ish--I grew up wathcing that movie too much).

Considering how excited I know I am, I cannot even begin to image the joy you are feeling right now. Congrats and Thank You.
May. 6th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
I'm very pleased with the casting. He looks great!
May. 6th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Awesome. It seems almost real now.
May. 6th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Congrats again George! That casting is a huge coup for the project.

And for the record, I called it first! I took this picture when Dinklage was on the Daily Show back in late 2003. I had no idea who he was at the time, or how big he was/would get. But I I DID know that if aSoIaF was ever to be filmed, this guy needed to be found and cast as Tyrion.
May. 6th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Words cannot express the awesomeness of this news!
(goes off to dance)
May. 6th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, Dinklage!

I agree that he's too good looking for the role, really. But this is TV (or HBO anyway) and he'll be great. I loved him Station Agent and Death at a Funeral.
May. 6th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Wow Wow Wow!
Wow, this gets better and better. Super actor for Tyrion and in Tom McCarthy a super director. The Station Agent is a wonderful film, though I haven't seen The Visitor. If you haven't seen it you should check out In Bruges as Peter Dinklage has some brilliantly fuuny (pitch black funny admittedly) scenes. Cannot wait for HBO to come to Belfast and make the pilot.
May. 6th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow Wow Wow!
IN BRUGES is indeed a terrific film, but Peter Dinklage is not in it, I'm afraid. That was an actor named Jordan Prentice.
Re: Wow Wow Wow! - renasko - May. 6th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wow Wow Wow! - ieiazel - May. 6th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wow Wow Wow! - iain35 - May. 7th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 6th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Omg! So excited that things seem to be finally moving with this! I absolutely cannot wait to tune in~! :)
May. 6th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna nerd out completely here and say that since The Wire and Rome have ended, I haven't had a darn thing to watch on T.V. This is so exciting!! Tyrion's my favorite character, and though Michael J. Anderson (Samson from Carnivale) has mismatched legs, he's up there in age. I'm very excited to see Mr. Dinklage's performance, I think he'll be perfect.

To ALL the Martin fans (and Sir), is there a petition to encourage support for a full season that I could pen my name to?

P.S. Is it shallow that the only petition I've ever signed was for a third season of Rome?
May. 6th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Woohoo!
WIRE fans should also be interested in this news since director Tom McCarthy is also an actor, and played journalist Scott Templeton in the final season of that show :-)
May. 6th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)

Oh so much yes.

I am going to get HBO just for this.
May. 6th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
What cereselle said.

I will get HBO for this show.
May. 6th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Dinklage is great in everything he appears in, and both The Visitor and The Station Agent are wonderful films. I'm frankly blown away that you've got such a great director attached. That's fantastic news.
May. 6th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yaaaaay Peter Dinklage!!!
May. 6th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
On Peter Dinklage...
...beyond cool.
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