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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 06:46 pm (UTC)
That is exactly how I pictured King Robert in my mind reading the books. Great casting job!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Exploding heads.
AHHHHHHH!!! My head is going to explode. Sean Bean! This is even ranks allot higher in awesomeness than the moon landing!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Gosh, this is very exciting. My fingers are quite crossed that HBO handles all this well!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
that's all i have to say about that, simply wow.
People will cry tho, cause we know what happen to all of them :p
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
There isn't a font large enough to contain my WOOPWOOP of happiness! Hooray! WOOP!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
This is so cool! Love Sean Bean, he'll be a great Eddard. :)
I'm so excited about this I don't know what to say. *sighs happily*
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Great news. I’m really looking forward to seeing it. I've enjoyed Mark Addy's work for years. I can’t remember how tall Cersei was supposed to be but I think it would be a good fit for Clare Kramer. She has the look and likes the genre.

Very exciting!
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Awesome, awesome casting!!! I am SO stoked!!!!
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
GRRM, this is some of the best news I've had all year!!
Jul. 20th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Hi, my name is Sean Bean.

I play awesomely flawed guys who die. You're welcome.

Jul. 20th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
OMG, totally.
Jul. 20th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Very exciting news!
Jul. 20th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
So happy about Sean Bean!
Jul. 20th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm excited to see such great casting choices. I loved Mark Addy in Still Standing (a severely underrated show as far as I'm concerned), but I'm still taking a wait-and-see approach to him as Robert.

I think he could pull the look off well enough (though he's a little shorter than I would expect), and he will certainly be able to pull of Robert the jovial, whore-loving drunkard. But behind that overweight exterior, buried somewhere beneath the fat, is a once-fierce warrior. There's a certain gravity to Robert. He hides it well, but I think that deep-seeded anger he feels is always simmering just below the surface.

I really hope Addy can pull that off. I need to believe that this character is goofy and fun-loving, but at the same time, he's a wild animal beneath. Maybe he likes his drink and whores now, but he was once the man who smashed Rhaegar Targaryen to pieces in the Trident.

Anyway, I'm super excited!
Jul. 20th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Awesome, I like Sean Bean. I don't usually imagine actors for characters, but Robert Baretheon I always imagined as that Spanish captain from Shogun (he called Anjin "English").

Great to see these actors coming into place. I can't wait to see who plays Arya.
Jul. 20th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Cast for Jaimie Lannister and Bronn?
It would be cool to see our favorite HBO Duo Kevin McKidd and Ray Stevenson.

Kevin McKidd would be my favorite Jaimie - Cool, athletic, knows how to use a sword. Also he has pale skin as befits a royal bearing and startling eyes and blond hair.

Wanna see some photos?




or for more


For Bronn Ray Stevenson would be fine ´cause I do think Bronn has some Titus Pollo in him. But he is a little bit smarter.

Let´s take a look at some photos...




For seeing more...


Those two are great actors. And I would have a good feeling if the y do get these roles.
Jul. 20th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Cast for Jaimie Lannister and Bronn?
McKidd has a steady gig on an incredibly popular primetime series (even if I think it's horrendous), so I can't see him going for this. I hate to see him wasting his talent on the most poorly-written show on TV, but hey, he's probably getting a nice paycheck.
Re: Cast for Jaimie Lannister and Bronn? - werthead - Jul. 20th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 20th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Jaime Lannister
The guy playing the vampire sheriff in True Blood would be perfect for Jaime Lannister.
Jul. 20th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Jaime Lannister
Uh... the guy in TRUE BLOOD already has a job on a hit HBO series, though... he's not likely to want to leave that gig for this one.
Re: Jaime Lannister - gege_the_dodo - Jul. 20th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Jaime Lannister - drivo - Jul. 21st, 2009 02:23 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Jaime Lannister - ceranko - Jul. 21st, 2009 08:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 20th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Great News!!
Sean Bean: excellent choice and his recognition may bring other viewers in who can then become interested in the book series. But I have to disagree with a lot of people who have posted about Mark Addy being the perfect choice for Robert. Though I think he's a great actor (Knight's Tale, Still Standing), I just do not think he can be quite gruff enough to play Robert. Also, are we supposed to look at him and believe that this guy was the greatest warrior in all of Westeros (arguably) just 15 years ago? I know Robert was fat in GOT but he was still a tough, broad-shouldered man who could swing his hammer.
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Great News!!
I don't know, I believe that Ned mentions this exact idea in the beginning of "game of Thrones." He says he has become soft and...almost pathetic really compared to how he once was. Robert is not the warrior beast he was in his youth. At least, that was the way I took it.
Re: Great News!! - kevnola - Jul. 21st, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 20th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
ummm wow!
me and my friend have had many a discussion about who should play what... and this has top trumped us... what a smasher
Jul. 20th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Awesome News!!!
Although I don't have HBO yet, I'm DEAFinitely not gonna miss any of these episodes. Congratulations GRRM!

L8r... John
Jul. 20th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Great, great cast! Fantastic choices.
Jul. 20th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Sean Bean
I look forward to ensuing hilarity as Bean's lines are delivered in his Sheffield accent, see 'for pity's sake let them mourn' in The Fellowship of the Ring, and the classic 'for England, James' in Goldeneye for examples.

I thought Bean fit perfectly for Boromir, a bit of a (how can I put this without using an expletive)...you get my point, but with some redemptive qualities there at the end. For this reason and this reason alone I always identify the character of Jaime Lannister with Boromir.

Looking at how (in my opinion) the literary works of J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman have been DESTROYED by film makers, a series adaptation is the way to go. So far so good.
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Just FYI, not sure if anyone else has seen it but here's a pic of Harry Lloyd (at least the internets says so):
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)

Just wow.

This is really awesome.

Feels like this series will be really successful, and just the kind of adaptation we fans of the books would hope for.

Hope that this continues to be full of good news.

This series might be just as awesome as you are, GRRM.
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
More redundant happiness replying! I am an overall huge fan of Sean Bean. I loved Sharpe very much! This is a great choice.

I will also be ordering HBO to watch this series.
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