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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. 20th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
This is awesome! Thank you for sharing the good news! :D
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)

Oh, man, as if I weren't excited enough about this show already :) Now you add this marvelous eye candy :)
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Looks like great casting so far! Fantastic!
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
Sean Bean - YES! He was one of my ideal people for Ned and he'll be amazing. :D

Also delighted about Harry Lloyd, he was brilliant in Robin Hood and the Doctor Who episode he was in. Especailly the latter, which proved he can play evil well. :)
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Jul. 20th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
And a photoshopped version of Valuev-Gregor by Shere Khan :)

Jul. 20th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, awesome!
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
AWESOME news, all three are wonderful choices.
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Holy Score Batman!
Sean Bean as NED!!!!! I never thought you could get so lucky! I would crawl on my knees over the Dothraki plain to see Sean Bean in this role. Score!

I think Mark Addy is an excellent choice for king Robert also. And Kit looks the part of Jon I have to say.

Now is there any way we can get David Wenham (Faramir) as well...?

This will definitely gurantee a large audience for the first season.

Jul. 20th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
Massive congrats on grabbing Sean Bean for Ned Stark!
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Mark Addy
I loved him in "Still Standing". Unfortunately the show didn't get the recognition it deserved. I think it got lost in the shuffle of all the other similar sitcoms that aired at that time (Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens, According to Jim, etc.). I actually hadn't discovered the show till it started it's syndication run on Lifetime along side "Reba". And he did a great job masking his accent.
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Ridiculously excited about this series now. So excited in fact that i created an account just to state my excitement amongst you fine people. Sean will be awesome, i have no doubt in him.
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
so far best fit in my opinion is For King Robert I Baratheon, so Mark Addy!

thumbs up for this! :)
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Sean Bean is PERFECT for Ned.

Mark Addy for Robert seems like a perfect match as well.

Jack Gleeson played the little blonde boy in Batman Begins - as long as he's blonde I'm fine :D

And GAH Jon Snow looks amazing
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Am I the first to say this?
One does not simply walk into King's Landing.
Jul. 20th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
ded ov joy,especially at Sean Bean who is such a brilliant actor.
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Jul. 20th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
Whoo! This is very exciting! :) I'll admit, I'd be slightly happier about Sean-as-Ned if he weren't going to, you know, die.. but that's ok. :)

I am so looking forward to this.
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Jul. 20th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Very pleased to hear Mark Addy's in as Robert, I've never thought about him in the role but (Fred Flintstine aside) I'm pretty sure he'll be amazing... I wonder if he still lives near York?
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
OH MAN, Sean Bean! This is such great news! His characters are always interesting but die quickly, unfortunately.
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Happy dance! IT IS A GIFT
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Hmm, wouldn't really think see Sean Bean as Ned, but hey, you're happy and that's what counts ^.^
He is a good actor and it's great to have someone with such a noted name signed on too. I'm very excited.
I just really hope they don't cast some 20-something sex bombshell for Dany, like a number of fans seem to want >_<
Do you know if there is going to be a flashback scene including Lyanna and/or Rhaegar?
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oh how utterably PERFECT. Bean is just right, and Addy is PERFECT.
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Here are some pics of Jack Gleeson and Harry Lloyd for you:

Jack Gleeson from Batman Begins... though that was like...5 years ago:

And Harry Lloyd:
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
Wonderful :o)

October is right around the corner

Do you mean 'Winter is coming'? ;o)
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