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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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indigofan
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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chiv
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?
snarky_sharky
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.
brhodes
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Happy dance! IT IS A GIFT
childdoll
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?
erastes
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oh how utterably PERFECT. Bean is just right, and Addy is PERFECT.
childdoll
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:
http://www.filmdope.com/Gallery/ActorsG/58178-26622.gif


And Harry Lloyd:
http://www.trh.co.uk/images/bio/pic/hlloyd.jpg
nicnac
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
Wonderful :o)

October is right around the corner

Do you mean 'Winter is coming'? ;o)
alfvaen
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.
gh0ti_2
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Whoa! What a coup. The best news I've heard in a long time.
vinyayavieiel
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+.
doe_witch
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. Sean Bean. That's fantastic.
hawkfist
Jul. 20th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Yay Sharpie!
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