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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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lannie
Sep. 3rd, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
She has the most gorgeous green eyes and she does crazy very well.
Also, she's beautiful. I'd never even have considered her, but I'm absolutely confident Lena'll make me forget about Sarah Connor completely. I can't wait to see this!
aikigrrl
Sep. 3rd, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
So far I am MOST excited about her!
She is amazing, and I just can't wait to see it!
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alwaysoptimistc
Sep. 3rd, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Personally, I was burned out on her as Sarah Connor by the end. But that was only one character, and as you say, she has been in many other roles. Clearly she is a very talented actress and will bring some very passionate fans with her.

The casting on this show has been amazing and it feels like HBO is pulling out all the stops. While the show can't ever be as great as the books ;) it appears that HBO is doing all that they can to make the divide as small as possible. Congratulations on what is shaping up to be a big hit! :)
eisoj5
Sep. 3rd, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Eeeee! I loved her in The Brothers Grimm and on Terminator, and I'm very excited about this news! Congratulations and I can't wait!
drewr15
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Excellent Choice
Lena is a brilliant actress and was fantastic in Sarah Connor, one of the best shows on TV the past 2 years. Great to see her on board.
sirmatthew
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
SO VERY PLEASED! :)

Great choice indeed. She was one of the only nuanced parts of Terminator...
catku
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Inspired!!! I have been so frakkin pleased by all of the choices so far. I don't have HBO but you better believe a will when this premieres!!!
mkbailey2
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Really cool....but dont loose sight.
All this is really cool, and I'm glad to see this come to fruition. But can you please finish the next book before I go to Iraq in March. I dont mean to push you, and I know how difficult it is to write, especially when you have other things on your mind.
dmoira
Sep. 3rd, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
I have to say, while I have faith in HBO to produce an amazing series and to do justice by the books, I can understand people's apprehensions over colouring.

Us literary fans have been burned by Hollywood types before - I am sure everyone can think of a movie/miniseries/series that changed the appearance of a character for no discernable reason. In the case of ASOIAF I think how the characters look plays a big part in the plot so much so that we're getting a little anxious.

That being said, I think Lena Headey is a good match in facial structure (what I picture, of course) and thus I am super excited to see her as Cersei.
planechant
Sep. 3rd, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
She'll be awesome.

but on another note...

Hey George!
Any idea who's gonna do the scoring? Don't let 'em skimp on a good composer for the pilot. A bad musical score can ruin everything!
maine_character
Sep. 3rd, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was wondering this, too. And cinematographer.
jpclemen
Sep. 3rd, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Parris was right
That 300 clue would have indeed been WAY too obvious. Continue listening to Parris. :-)
kythsharrie
Sep. 3rd, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Oh yes! Lena is gorgeous and I loved her role as Gorgo. She has the carriage and mannerism befitting a Queen and I do think she'd be able to pull off seductive and down-right manipulative. I also saw some clips of her as a blonde and she does look gorgeous with that coloring too, which is a plus. (Some people just can't carry certain coloring.)
kulisap
Sep. 3rd, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
as cersei lannister...
just basing her work in 300, I believe she will make indeed make a great cersei. HBO's casting crew seems to be doing a great job so far!
ladybrock
Sep. 3rd, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
Remember how we all used to make fantasy casts, and then laugh about how unreasonable they were? A bunch of the actors who have been cast were on my list, including Lena Headey... I'm so stoked.
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