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A Casting We Will Go

Well, Reuters has the story out already, so there's no longer any reason for me to keep mum. Yes, the rumors you've been seeing all over the web the last few days are true. Another huge piece has fallen into place for the HBO pilot of A GAME OF THRONES -- we have signed Sean Bean to play the part of Lord Eddard Stark.

For the movie fans out there, Sean Bean needs no introduction. I mean, what the hell, he was Boromir and he was Sharpe, he was terrific in both roles, and in a hundred other parts besides. I can't imagine a better Ned. The deal took some doing, so my fingers have been crossed for a month now (and boy, that made it hard to type), but now it's done, and I'm thrilled.

That's only part of the exciting news, however. Casting has been proceeding apace these past six weeks or so -- in New York and LA, London and Dublin, most recently in Australia. David and Dan and director Tom McCarthy have been looking all over the world for the right actors, and now they've filled some key roles as well.

For King Robert I Baratheon, we've got Mark Addy, a veteran British actor of stage and screen that many of you may remember from his fine turn in A KNIGHT'S TALE.

The roles of Joffrey Baratheon, the crown prince, and Viserys Targaryen, the beggar king, have also been filled... by Jack Gleeson and Harry Lloyd, respectively. Sorry, I haven't been able to find pictures of them on the internet yet, though I'm sure they are out there somewhere. I've seen readings by both Gleeson and Lloyd, and both should be terrific.

And last, but certainly not least, the role of the bastard Jon Snow will be played by a young actor named Kit Harington. You probably haven't heard of him yet... but you will, we're confident. David and Dan can't say enough about his talent and intensity.

Of course, there's a lot more roles still to fill, including some very crucial ones like the Lannister twins, the Stark children, and Daenerys Targaryen, so the search will continue for awhile. But we've begun, and so far I couldn't be happier. October is right around the corner.


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Jul. 29th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
This is really awesome! I really love the choices so far.

Is Cate cast yet? If not, may I suggest Australian actress Claudia Black? I think she'd be amazing. She could do a fantastic Cersei as well, but I think she'd be great as Catelyn. I'd die of happiness if she were in this series!
Jul. 30th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
The main three I wanted on board were:

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion

Sean Bean as Ned

James Purefoy as Renly

So far that's 2 for 3, and I'm sure Renly won't be cast for some time. Purefoy's personality as Mark Antony is a perfect fit for Renly, and I think he even looks the part. I don't think it would be too big of a stretch to have him play a younger character than Mark Addy. Also, with his ties to Rome, I don't think he'd be too difficult to get on board.

Jul. 30th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Nice choices and a suggestion!
I could not be more ecstatic about Sean Bean. Well done, you lot. As a suggestion I would "squee" (as the kids say) if you cast Jessica Mae Stover as one of the ladies. Really big fan of her classical stylings and passions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Mae_Stover http://jessicastover.com

Looking forward to more casting, publishing and production. Waiting patiently!
Jul. 31st, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
I can honestly say that I don't think i've ever been as excited about a series as I am for this one.

My questions to the community:

1) Is there a singular site(or official HBO site) that gives regular updates to casting and whats going on for this series?

2) is there any way I am able to support or maybe throw my "vote" to HBO to help ensure this not only makes it to pilot but is signed as a series? Or is my vote only counted as watching it. If so i'll make sure I get every TV I can to tune in when it does happen!

3) I just got through comic-con. I know grrm goes to some of those-types of conventions but what about something like a comic-con or a dragon-con?

Aug. 1st, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW!
My questions to the community:

1) Is there a singular site(or official HBO site) that gives regular updates to casting and whats going on for this series?

yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
AKA the one and only
Aug. 2nd, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
Ooh, interesting. Thanks for the info. :)
Aug. 4th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
I know it is probably impossible, but in my opinion there is only one female actress that can play Cersei, and that is Michelle Pfeiffer. She is simply PERFECT. Her beauty, her age, her talent make her ideal for the role (in my opinion always). But of course, if Michelle could be convinced, who then could possibly play the role of her twin brother?
Aug. 4th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
great news, so excited about this!
Aug. 6th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Great casting. Hats off to the casting director.
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, Sean Bean! Be still my--heart. Yeah.

And Robert Addy Graces any production.
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