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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. 21st, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Looks amazing
Hey George the casting looks amazing
if there is any chance for openings for extras I would be forever grateful if I could get a shot at one of them.
Have read all the books published so far and it would just be amazing to be in the show.
Anyways look forward to it.
Quick question will this be on HBO Canada?
Jul. 21st, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD! I am SO happy I had to add a comment! I knew exactly who they were playing from the pictures. PERFECT.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Can't wait. Who do I need to call to get an audition for Daenerys?
Jul. 23rd, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Congratulations to all involved! What a score for casting!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Casting choices
I had not considered Sean Bean as a possible Ned Stark, but I like it.

I am less sure of Mark Addy as Robert; he is a bit puny for the ferocious victor of the Trident, no?
Jul. 23rd, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Sean Bean, Mark Addy. Sounds good to me :)
Jul. 24th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
Varys the Spider...
I was thinking the other day while watching the "John Adams" television series... Paul Giamatti would be great cast as Varys the Spider. Shave his head like in "Adams," put some white powder on his face... brilliant if I do say so myself!
Jul. 24th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: Varys the Spider...
Oh, and Brian Blessed for Robert would be good.
Jul. 24th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Possible Casting Suggestions
I don't know if he's available, but have you looked at Clancy Brown for The Hound? Aside from being an awesome actor, he's literally who I pictured when I read the first book. Give him some makeup for the scarring, and his size, intense glare, and voice would be AWESOME.
Jul. 24th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
While I respect your desire to stay close to the historical background to ages, I feel that the characters being too young will pull away from the story alot. Even in the books I couldnt imagine arya doing what she did at her age. I am afraid that if the actors are too young this series will face similar issues that narnia faced in that it becomes cheesy and loses a ton of audience. If the cast is too young I will bet money that die-hard fans will give up on the show and we won't see a season 2
Jul. 24th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
For Cersei, see if your casting guys can get Tricia Helfer, the woman who played #6 on Battlestar Galactica.

I thought "holy shit, this actress was born to play Cersei" about 5 minutes after she first showed up in BSG. The rest of the series just confirmed my suspicions.
Jul. 24th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
And while I'm thinking about it, Michael Landes would be a good choice to play Bronn:

Jul. 24th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Aint it cool news casting contest
Heya all-

well, The thread is hard too find-Its on ain't it cool news.com listed under "Guess who's cast as eddard stark" where I've started the insane pain casting contest.

Ain't it cool is at the best of times annoying and juvenile, but it is also where alot of people even industry types actually look to gauge show response.

I'm just a fan-it's just an anonymous thread in no way sponsored by Aint it cool or harry knowles or whatever, but if you guys want to support the show, try and log in and show support by casting suggestions-we should try and keep the thread on the front page to support george's newest and greatest production ever.

And yes, my ideas for casting have been beyond awful so far-feel free to show me up
Jul. 24th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
respectfully no to tricia helfer
It's been mentioned many times already and here's why i think it's good and bad.

The good: She's good looking enough, acts well enough, has the charisma, has worked on a high end series BSG.

The bad: She has *already* played a villian in a high profile series and there's no way you'd ever get number 6 out of your head while watching a new series.

This is my same rationale for saying no to lucy lawless for exactly the same reasons.

*sighs* My honest opinion, lawless i could live with, or either of them in other, lesser roles, but i think The female leads in *this* series have to be relative unknowns-no preconceptions or guesses for either Cersei or danearys

Ok I'm going to go back to ain't it cool
Jul. 24th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Ok A quickie sorry for multiple posts
Lance Henriksen as Stannis Baratheon-Now THAT could work
Jul. 29th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Lance Henriksen for Stannis?
No way. He's way too old. Stannis is in his early-to-middle 30s, while Lance Henriksen is almost 70. Julian McMahon is far better suited to the role - can you imagine him shaved bald with a crown of red gold, lecturing Davos?
Jul. 24th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I have two words to sum up my feelings on this matter.



Sean Bean will make a brilliant Ned Stark... there might've been a few who might have done a better job. Maybe. Somewhere. In any case, I am more than pleased to have him on board. I think he's going to get a note from me...

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion and Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon are both excellent matches. The choice for Jon Snow looks pretty good too... he's not quite what I pictured, at least in the photo provided, but I have little doubt that he will make a fine Jon Snow.

Best to you, and many congratulations to you and the casting staff!
Jul. 25th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
HOLY MOTHER OF FREAKING GOD. There's good news and there's news like this, and I defy anyone to read this post without giggling intermittently. (...or is that just me?)

The HBO movies would have been good before ... the fact that Richard Sharpe is in them makes everything twenty times better. Now my very life hinges on these shows.
Jul. 25th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
O.o for those of you jonesing for more GRRM
Read the hedge knight series-it's totally like a star wars prequel-but oh yeah it's well written.

Also-check out Nightmares and Dreamscapes Vol.s One and Two!!! Martins old stories are totally off the hook-I got them at the library.

You mus also read: Tuf Voyaging. Wow-martin writes sci-fi Horror?1?

Nerd brain Implosion!
Jul. 25th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
First of all the casting so far has been nothing short of inspiring. I'm especially pleased that the younger characters are actually being cast close to their age and that there won't be any 25 year old's playing the likes of Jon, Maergery, Dany and so forth.
Now, if it hasn't been suggested elsewhere, for the love of all that is holy get Paul Schneider a part in this. I just saw the trailer for the new Jane Campion movie "Bright Star" and he absolutely steals every scene he's in. Maybe as Sandor Clegane . . . now that would be something . . .
Jul. 26th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Now we just need to find a guy that looks like this handsome fellow:
Jul. 26th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
I´m an actress from sweden and I´m so intrested in casting for the role Deanerys. I just don´t know who to contact. Do anyone know know?
Please e-mail me at: linda.molin.92@hotmail.com

Jul. 28th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Ed Harris
Jul. 28th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Ed Harris for Measter on The wall
meryl streep for Catelyn-Nooms deh meryl Streep
Jul. 28th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
I don't mean to go all 'fan girl' on you... but wow. I think you should know that I'm in love with your character Tyrion Lannister... Thank you so much for writing these amazing books!
Jul. 29th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
This is really awesome! I really love the choices so far.

Is Cate cast yet? If not, may I suggest Australian actress Claudia Black? I think she'd be amazing. She could do a fantastic Cersei as well, but I think she'd be great as Catelyn. I'd die of happiness if she were in this series!
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