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As Cersei Lannister...

... yes, we have the superb British actress Lena Headey.

That's not news, I know. The CHICAGO TRIBUNE broke the story, and the casting has been confirmed by the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Reuters, and numerous other blogs and websites. But just in case there were any doubts, this should put 'em to rest.

Lena is best known among genre fans for playing Sarah Connor in the recently cancelled Fox show THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES. Sarah, of course, was played in the TERMINATOR films by Linda Hamilton, who was also Catherine on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Yes, that was the "Six Degrees" clue, with Sarah Connor as the link.

Lena also starred as Queen Gorgo of Sparta in the film 300, whence came my two "Gorgo" clues, one playing off the old monster movie GORGO (see below), the other off the actual historical Queen Gorgo, as chronicled by Herodotus, Father of History.

(Some folks have complained that the clues were too hard. Maybe so. Hard to judge these things. Originally I had intended to write that the search for our queen had been terminated after looking at three hundred actresses, but Parris convinced me that you lot would have solved that one in about six seconds. So blame her.)

Lena Headey has played all sorts of other roles besides Queen Gorgo and Sarah Connor, of course. Check out her credits on IMDB. She's even worked with Jennifer Ehle (our Catelyn) in POSSESSION, she played Guinevere in MERLIN, she's appeared in many period pieces and even a few set during the medieval period. Her range was one of the things that impressed us most about her; Cersei is a character with many colors, and Lena will be able to give us all of them. Her readings were wonderful... and of course she's beautiful and sexy as hell.

Yes, it's true, she's not a blonde, but she has played one on TV (and in films). Seriously, guys. This is HBO. They know about wigs and hair dyes and stuff like that.

Lena should be amazing as the queen you love to hate. I'm thrilled to have her aboard.


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Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Nice to see Headey get a chance to actually be on a _good_ TV genre show. (Terminator had its moments, but man was it a waste of talent.) Especially happy that it's a role that lets her do more than be grimly depressed. Congrats!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
I'd say this is an excellent choice. I actually never noticed that the TV Sarah Conner and Queen Gorgo from 300 were played by the same actress. The vast gulf in character and performance between these two roles alone shows me she has the ability to play whatever is needed.

So now we wait for Bran.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
WOW. She will be AMAZING!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
wow, she looks gorgeous! I think/hope that she will be a perfect Cersei!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Excellent news!
Great stuff, George - so glad it is all coming together. Can't wait to see her on screen and think she can play all the emotions well given her past roles. Can't wait....
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
CERSEI IS CAST! THE LONG WAIT IS OVER! Her role (next to Jaime) was actually the one I'd been agonizing about since day one. I love that the Lannister twins are finally cast :) I just hope that their dynamic plays off on screen as well as it did in the books XD
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
<3 Sarah Connor Chronicles(such a horrible show to cancel..)

Lena should make an awesome Cersei!!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
she's absolutely gorgeous!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
She is very beautiful and I loved her in 300 and not hated in Sarah Connor Chronicles but I haven't seen Lena anywhere else. So I am yet to be convinced that she can play such a b*tchy character with almost no redeeming qualities as Cersei. But I am very positive in my hopes.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Wow what a star filled cast! Now I just hope that HBO does the material justice. They have done a good job so far with Rome and The Tudors so I'll give them that. I've also seen some of my favorite Fantasy genre trashed by TV so I'm holding my breath to see. Good luck. :)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
The Tudors is on Showtime, not HBO.

I'm very excited by the casting so far. Though whomever is cast as Nameless Eunuch will make of break the series.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
WOW! I loved her in 300, she was amazing. I can't wait to see her as Cersei!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Cersei and Jaime
Nice, she can definitely play the part.

On a side note - the other day, I found out something funny. I happen to train at the same fitness center as NCW, and when I congratulated him on the role as Jaime, he was nice enough to talk with me for a bit.

All I can say is that he has definitely changed my opinion. He can definitely play Jaime physically. Even more importantly, he definitely seems to "get" Jaime as well. Of course, this is just my impression, gathered from a 5-minute talk, but I still thought it might interest you guys.

Sep. 2nd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Cersei and Jaime
That's really cool! Thanks for sharing that. :)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Have we ever seen her as a blonde before?
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Sep. 2nd, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Seriously, guys. This is HBO. They know about wigs and hair dyes and stuff like that.

You made me laugh out loud. Thanks.

I don't think your clues are too hard, at all, and this comes from someone who hasn't solved a single riddle. There really is no point if they are glaringly obvious.

Edited at 2009-09-02 08:15 pm (UTC)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
Excellent choice! I loved her in TSCC!
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