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A Casting We Will Go

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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.

Comments

danae
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
this is soooo exciting! Except that Sean Bean will only be in it for the first season... oh well..
infinite_hiatus
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Doesn't his head show up again in the second book? And are there any flashback scenes? I can't remember.
waiwode
Jul. 20th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
The man has a habit of getting roles that cash in their chips around page 188.

Doug.
drawing_cowboys
Jul. 20th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
wow. not that I dont know what happens but thanks for the spoiler.
bolognapogna
Jul. 20th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
drawing_cowboys
Jul. 20th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
hahah!
cabbageboylsmsa
Jul. 24th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
rofl that's awesome. I need to remember to view this thread again from home and save that for future use.

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