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Dutch Treats and Casting Calls

Yes, three more roles have been cast for the GAME OF THRONES pilot, as David Benioff and Dan Weiss announced over on Westeros.

No, I can't tell you who they are. HBO will make the announcements in due time, I'm sure. When? I don't know. Tomorrow, next week, next month. They don't consult with me. As I write this, I am aware of five parts that have been cast but not yet announced, but there could well be more. Things are moving quickly now. And of course, casting a role is not just a matter of picking an actor. Even after you decide who you want, there are offers and counter-offers, contract negotiations, a whole delicate dance that goes on. It is never wise to leak things prematurely. Sometimes that can actually throw a monkey wrench into the process.

I'm excited about the choices, though.

What can I say? Not much.

Maybe a few hints...

The five roles... well, we have cast Jaime Lannister and Theon Greyjoy, I let that slip in Montreal... the three new ones are all females. A couple small roles, but very important ones. One player has something in common with Ned. One has something in common with Harry Potter. One is not a boney pop singer. Shows can get cancelled and so can characters, but two of them have been seen on American tv recently.

And that's all you're getting from me, until HBO blows the trumpet.


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Aug. 12th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
OMG I AM SO EXCITED TO FIND OUT!!! And a riddle too...brb trying to figure it out!
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
LOL, I've been trying to figure it out too, I think besides Lyanna being one of the females I have no guess at all.
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
All I can see is Amy Winehouse cast as Arya Stark for some reason now, haha :)
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)

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Aug. 12th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
*dies at the teasing*

Aug. 12th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I absolutely cannot wait to find out who is cast as Jaime.

Actually, I absolutely cannot wait for the entire project!!!!
Aug. 13th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
"Has something in common with Ned." I'm assuming GRRM means the actor potraying Ned, Sean Bean. Sean Bean was in a tele-movie with a bloke called Toby Stephens (Gustave Graves in Die Another Day 007 flick), whom I always though would make a brilliant Jaime. Smart-arsed, witty, charismatic and odiously arrogant all in one. Just needs a good gold hair dye.
Re: Jaime - lady_whimsey - Aug. 17th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, these are the most interesting blind items I've seen all week and I'm not even sure if you could call them that.

Aug. 12th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Always such a tease.
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
You are so evil! You're just trying to make us insane, aren't you?
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
hmm.. the kid who played Draco Malfoy as Jamie? Though, he might be a bit young...
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
A bit young? Jaime is 35.
I could see Kenneth Branagh, I guess
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Aug. 12th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Promise me, Ned...
Is Lyanna Stark in the pilot? Because she would be a small but VERY important role. She has something in common with Ned. She's a pretty hot female. :p
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Promise me, Ned...
I had the same thought. That would be fantastic.
Re: Promise me, Ned... - anowyn - Aug. 12th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 12th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Jaime is being played by Randy Quaid, isn't he?

I knew it!
Aug. 13th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
oh now that's just wrong.
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Aug. 12th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Why do you torture us like this?!  ;_;
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
I am a monster of inhuman cruelty. Someone should cut my head off.
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Indeed - heathenfrmhell - Aug. 13th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC) - Expand
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agreed. - fingolfinon - Aug. 13th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Do you have any idea when they plan on starting production? Or is that something they haven't put a date to yet because they're still casting?
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)

That is all.
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Now you've got us all excited. At least I'm slowly addicting my family and friends so now they're looking forward to the series too. Hopefully you can spill on the details soon.

And hopefully I can get the older students at school into the series this fall, too, when I start as the new librarian. Don't think I'll be reading it to the kindergartners at storytime, though.
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Some of my guesses...
My guesses are:



Don't really know what other small female roles there could be, given the time window in the pilot. Maybe Dany's mom, the Mad King's wife?
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
I am excited to hear more news!! =D

You are such a tease Mr. Martin!!
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Here's my guess - 'boney pop singer' refers to the pop group Boney M, one of whose singers was Elizabeth Mitchell, who is the not the same Eilzabeth Mitchell as the American actress who plays Juliette on Lost.
Aug. 13th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
clever fellow, williamjm
Oh, VERY good. Wrong, alas, but oh, so close.

FWIW, the only Elizabeth Mitchell I know is the editor at Del Rey Books. Terrific editor who I have known since she was just an assistant on ANALOG. She was my editor at Baen on TUF VOYAGING, and my editor at Bantam on WILD CARDS vols. 5 through 12.

But she's not been cast in the pilot, no.
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Aug. 13th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
such a tease!!! :) now i'm DYING to know!
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
"the three new ones are all females. A couple small roles, but very important ones".
Old Nan?

Aug. 13th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Shows can get cancelled and so can characters, but two of them have been seen on American tv recently.

I'd love to believe that Damian Lewis was cast as someone, but unless they've turned the Lannister twins ginger, I can't imagine him as either Jaime or Theon. *wibbles*

If the female roles are small, that seems to rule out Sansa, Arya or Cersei. So ummmmm Septa Whatsername, Old Nan and the Maegi Dany saves, then kills?
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
I imagine it drives you just as crazy at not being able to tell as it is for all of us to have to wait! :o
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
I'm glad its on HBO and not Showtime
I don't get Showtime and I've been feinding for something to replace the Tudors in my life this is going to be great!
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
So I could probably research this, but is there a known start airing date? :) Or at least date range?
Aug. 13th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
which one
lives in the red house and smokes pall malls, though?
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