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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 01:19 pm (UTC)
I always pictured Brian Blessed as Robert Baratheon, but that's probably from too much Blackadder, and he may be too old for the role by now. It'll be nice to see Sean Bean in a more heroic role--it seems like after Boromir he was nothing but villains for a while.
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Whoa! What a coup. The best news I've heard in a long time.
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
i've been rooting for sean bean since i heard the rumors. frankly, i don't think this show could have a better overall cast. A+, HBO, A+.
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. Sean Bean. That's fantastic.
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Yay Sharpie!
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
I just wet myself out of excitement.
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Great news! Here are links to picks of the other folks (assuming they're the same and not just sharing a name), so fans can get an idea.

Here's a pic of Jack Gleeson, who was in Batman Begins: http://www.filmdope.com/Gallery/ActorsG/58178-26622.gif He was in Batman Begins

And here are a couple of Harry Lloyd, who plays Will Scarlet in the BBC Robin Hood series:


Jul. 20th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You've got to be very excited.
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Well it does fit Sean Bean's trend of movie survivability, lol. Great actor but he rarely makes it to the end of a movie. (or series, as the case may be) ;)
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Oh this should be good. Thanks for the heads up!
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
That is so awesome!!! OMG Sean's gonna die again! I can't wait, and I really hope the series will make it all the way to Sweden. >.>
Jul. 20th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome news! I've actually pictured Sean Bean as Eddard in my head ever since the show was first announced. It's great to see that others feel the same way about how Eddard should be portrayed.

Does this mean it's safe to assume that the characters will all appear older in the show than they are in the books?
Jul. 20th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
My husband and I have this running joke about Sean Bean and how he never makes it through a movie past Act I.

So yeah, he's prefect!

But seriously now, YAY for casting. This makes the show feel so much more real for me.
Jul. 20th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Great News!! Through all the books Ned remains my favorite character so it great to see such a great actor land this roll.
Jul. 20th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
sean bean sean bean !!!!
Jul. 20th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
And the Sean Bean curse continues to live on. He dies in seemingly every movie he's ever been in... why not a TV show? Hahahahah
Jul. 20th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Sean Bean... excellent choice. And I really enjoyed Mark Addy in A Knight's Tale, so I'm excited to see him here too! This is looking to shape up into a great series. :-]
Jul. 20th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!! Eeeeei! I'm SO excited! Going to puke and scream all at the same time! EEEI! *dances* I LOVE Mark Addy (find a place for Alan Tudyk!), and everyone else seems perfect. YAY!
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
And I want to play Arya, but I would make a bitchin' Catelyn. Just sayin. ;)
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Jul. 20th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
*squeals with excitement and nearly passes out*

My brain is still wrapping around the idea of Sean Bean as Eddard, but Mark Addy looks very much like what I already had pictured for Robert.

This is so ridiculously exciting for me; how are YOU able to breathe??? ;)
Jul. 20th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Sounds great!
Jul. 20th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
YEA! Sean Bean will be excellent! Now to check on the others!
Jul. 20th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Now those are some good casting choices!
But let's get to the important question: who did they cast to walk around on hands and knees in the Dire Wolf costume?
Jul. 24th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Wooohooooo! Great choices!!!
Jul. 20th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Glad to see the project is on track. Sean Bean is apparently blessed/cursed to play great characters who die in the first installment of things. I look forward to seeing his Ned.

And based on the picture, Kit Harrington at least looks the part. I hope he proves equal to the challenge.
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