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A Casting We Will Go

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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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sapphyres
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
OMG OMG OMG! So excited! I will definitely be awaiting more news!
twistedsheets10
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
I am screaming like a madman now. But to myself. Because I am at the office. YES YES YES.

♥♥♥♥

Oh my god, I love who Robert is! I love that actor. ♥
rmdansak
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Yippee!
This news makes me want to .... Dance? :-)
trademybike
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
I probably just left the most fangirlish voicemail on my best mates phone about Sean Bean. The man is my personal savior, quite frankly.

And I just watched Harry Lloyd in the Doctor Who episodes this very night. I made comments about how much I'd like to see him in other things. He will be an amazing Viserys.
whatamiatailor
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Awesome
Wow. I would have never thought of Sean Bean. His typical character type is so far removed Eddard Stark. But he’s perfect. Mark Addy is great for King Robert too. I can just picture him red-faced with foaming spittle coming off his lip. I saw a picture of the guy for Viserys and he looks every bit as petulant as he aught to.

I still really hope that they get Michael Emerson as Littlefinger.

Just with the casting so far, I’m getting pretty excited.
kajivar
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Eee! This is awesome news!
jadeejf
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
Awesome!! That is some excellent casting :D
madbard
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
Brilliant!
silverstar1610
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
George, I'm sorry for doubting you ... I assumed all your little hints about 'beans' were just to wind us up because you knew we'd jump on them with glee and pull them to pieces. But this is utterly awesome news! I've been hoping for Sean Bean as Ned for months, and while I'd never even considered Mark Addy, I can really see it now.

Any more little hints you'd like to throw our way ... for the casting of Catelyn, perhaps ...?

:)
alice_the_raven
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Wow, Sean Bean will be perfect for the role.
dragonet2
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
What others have said
WHEEEE and SQUEEE and great good fortune for a good friend! I loves it!

Hugs across the e-ways! Real hugs next time I see you!
night_is_fallen
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Sean Bean! That is AMAZING news! He is PERFECT.
fragilemuse
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
that is such exciting news!! wow! =D
smofbabe
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
How exciting!

Some of us remember Mark Addy from THE FULL MONTY, and he also did the sitcom "Still Standing." (Better photos of him here. Photo of Jack Gleeson from "Batman Begins" is here (although he's older now so might not look quite the same). If it's the Harry Lloyd from "Robin Hood," then you can find photos on this fan page for him.
philmophlegm
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
"Some of us remember Mark Addy from THE FULL MONTY, and he also did the sitcom "Still Standing.""

...and don't forget the Rowan Atkinson / Ben Elton sitcom 'Thin Blue Line' (he was the detective constable).
jamesmcgraw
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
Oh, that's exciting!

Now I have my fingers crossed for Charles Dance as Tywin...
laeryken
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
argh!
SEAN BEAN! That is absolutely fantastic and exciting!

Mark Addy is truly excellent, and I think he'll do fantastic as well.

I'm friggin' excited now!
duowolf
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
All I have to say is Sean Bean is awesome.
unovian
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Amazing news! I love Sean Bean's work, and I have to say that the actor playing Jon Snow looks just right!
strikesoftly
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Yay! This is incredibly exciting. The cast so far looks great. :)
yavannie77
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Sean Bean totally rocks! Looks like the casting will be fantastic - I can't wait!
csinman
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Score! I'm so excited. It must be really fun to watch your work turn into something so collaborative. A lot of people working as a team to try and manifest something that came from inside your head ;)

I'm looking forward to it!
bojojoti
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
Sean Bean! Must we behead him?

Congratulations on such fine casting.
dreameling
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
Sean Bean
Sean Bean. Friggin. Awesome.
scrofula
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
Very excited now! I really have all of my appendages crossed that everything pans out and I will be watching Sean Bean say "Winter is coming"

starlit_dragon
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Best news I've had all day. Way to go, A GAME OF THRONES!!
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