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HBO Casting Continues

Casting on the HBO pilot of A GAME OF THRONES continues, but there's not much I can say about it, except in generalities. Another of the supporting roles has been filled, I am told, and offers have been made on several more. Now we're waiting to see if those deals will close, which of course depends on things like schedule, terms, money, and such. If all the pieces fall into place, we'll have some exciting and talented additions to the cast.

No, I have no idea when HBO will make their next cast announcement.

Two major roles and some small ones remain unfilled as I write.

Looks like I will be flying over to Ireland to watch some of the filming. Still trying to figure out the dates. Since I will be over there anyway, it seems like a good opportunity to meet some of my Irish fans, so I will likely be doing a couple of signings while I'm there. One in Belfast, almost certainly, and maybe a second in Dublin. We'll see what arrangements can be made. Details will here and on my Appearances page, once I know 'em.


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Sep. 17th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)

Sounds like everything is coming together well. Will they let you take pictures on the set?
Sep. 17th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know if there are rules/protocol for posting replies in this journal, so I'm just going to go for it. I picture the wrestler HHH in the role of the Mountain that Rides. I'm very pleased with everyone I've heard reported so far- you must be excited to be so close to the production bringing this to the screen. Thanks for your work- my wife and I enjoy your books together- keep writing please!
Sep. 18th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
His Hulking Hugeness is actually only 6'4"; if Gregor is to be played by a wrestler, it ought to be Paul "Big Show" Wight, or one of the enormous Australians Nathan Jones and Conan Stevens -- both of them have at least some acting experience apart from pro wrestling, and the latter, at least, is definitely interested in the show and that role.
Sep. 19th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Conan Stevens would make a fantastic Mountain that Rides!
Sep. 17th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Come on George... Hop over the water and come see your fans in England. Come visit Lancaster and York! :-)
Sep. 17th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I am SO taking a ferry over to Dublin from Glasgow for that signing! I missed you when you were in Denver and I couldn't make it a few years back, but now it doesn't matter because EEE!

The casting seems to be going so well...I'm so happy that HBO seems to be trying so hard to do your work justice!
Sep. 17th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Everything seems to be going pretty well, that's cool... can't wait till the next announcement.

Oh, and I hope I'll be in Ireland for the signings, if there are some... since I've recently offered the first books to my Irish boyfriend and he seems to like them, shouldn't be too difficult to convince him to come with me...

Anyway, good luck with everything !
Sep. 17th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Best news all week!
A signing in Dublin would be amazing! I already have your appearance at Octocon in 2010 marked on my virtual calendar but I'd love to see you before then! Hope you can make it!

And how 'bout a complimentary tour of Trinity College and viewing of the Book of Kells from some devout aSoIaf fans to entice ya down from Belfast??? Heh heh ;-)

(Hell, what am i saying? I'll make the trip up to belfast anyway!)
Sep. 17th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
I don't see any talk about the most important role of all being filled yet, need to get on that.

If you don't have Hodor in place, you might as well just cancel the whole thing :(
Sep. 18th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Hodor's not in the pilot. This is no doubt because they recognized the impossibility of finding someone good enough before filming needs to start for it.
Sep. 17th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Offering of services
If the role of Red-Headed Whore remains unfilled, I am willing to dye my hair and go full-frontal. Have your people call my people. OK, I don't actually have people. Maybe send me a shout-out here.
Sep. 18th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Bollywood for Drogo?
By deduction, it seems pretty clear the last two major roles still not cast are Drogo and Bran.

Assuming that's the case, I wonder if the Drogo search has gone to Bollywood yet. The movie industry in India dwarfs that of Hollywood in terms of sheer numbers of films put out per year. No, not all of them are of high quality, but whatever the case ,there's bound to be at least a few really big guys there with more-or-less the right look (who probably play heavies in their actioners) who could be right for the role.
Sep. 18th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)

I know politics isn't your main concern, and I hate to ask, but it'd be great if you could do a signing in Dublin in addition to one in Belfast. My family is split 50-50 when it comes to Irish politics, but you're the whole family's favorite author. It might be a lot to ask, but I'd be personally very grateful if you showed a little love to both sides of the border.
Sep. 18th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
Re: Dublin
I would certainly LIKE to do a Dublin signing, and my publishers are trying to arrange same. It's a question of whether they can find a bookstore that (a) wants to have me, and (b) has a suitable open date. We're only about five weeks out, and many bookshops schedule their events months in advance, so the scheduling is tricky. Most bookshops try to avoid having two writers in on the same day, and my window is quite tight, so the number of possible dates is very limited. But we'll do the best we can.
Sep. 18th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
Re: Dublin
Martin, If you're over watching the filiming at the end of next month (possible I believe with the dates) then there is the larget games convetion in Ireland (and the larget independent games con in Europe) on the weekend of the 24th - 26th. - http://www.gaelcon.com/gaelcon/

It's an awesome convesntion and probably a great place to do both a signing and publicise other stuff.

I promise you the con is real gem. The people there are friendly beyond belief and it is the home of the original Irish Gaming Charity Auction that has won a Diana Jones award for excellence in gaming for just beyong generous to charity to the point of madness, all in the name of gaming - http://wapedia.mobi/en/Diana_Jones_award

Give it a thought!
Sep. 18th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
Re: Dublin
I know a guy who organises these things for one of the biggest bookstores in Dublin. Do you, or your assistant, or publicist, want his contact details? He put together an amazing event in his bookshop with Neil Gaiman a while back...
Sep. 18th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
I hope HBO reads this blog. Just in case they are: I am subscribing to HBO as SOON as this series get the green light! You got that? And I'm not the only one with a phone in one hand and 'A Storm Of Swords' in the other....
Sep. 18th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
In all of this, are you just like completely giddy/excited to see your work put to screen? I bet the whole experience is just surreal.
Sep. 18th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
Can you let us know when it is your gonna be in Ireland? Im a huge fan of the books but im based in Holland for a internship but I'd be more than willing to hop 'over the water' :P to get a chance of meeting you! Dublin would probably be easier as I have never been up North (a situation alot of southerners have!) so a Dublin signing would be super! But I am willing to travel. This is my first post so I'd also like to say how much I love your books George and thank you so much for the hours of entertainment!
Sep. 18th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
once again I've lent the first two books out and will probably NEVER get them back.... (another addict) so for the fouth time i'll have to buy them... would be nice to have the following book to re-read the series and have something new to follow it... as it is I've lost most of my library (girls/siblings/etc) over the years and now i'm replacing the wheel of time series in anticipation of nov 2 (robert jordans DEAD and he can produce a book)

please don't die you're so much better
Sep. 18th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
George, can't wait! Its straight up to Belfast for me.
Sep. 18th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
WOw your coming to ireland again, hope you enjoy your stay =), Perhaps you can also do a special book signing down in Cork, just for me XD. Or maybe ill just take a few days off school and head up to dublin for it ^^ ( I feel i deserve it =P)

Sep. 18th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)

Great news! I hope you have a ball when you come over to Belfast for your set visit. Don't let the dirty Dubs pester you about going to their beautiful city:)! They are spoiled when it comes to the big acts and celebs visiting, so for once I don't think it would hurt them to pop up on the train. Sorry, my southern cousins!
Sep. 18th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
You know, I bet a lot of people would be willing to buy the HBO pilot on DVD, as a pre-order even.
Sep. 19th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Amazon.com ASIN
Amazon.com has a page for Game of Thrones already:


Interestingly, Treme and Boardwalk Empire don't.
Sep. 19th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Hi George,
hope to see you in Belfast!

And you can consider the resources of Studio NI at your disposal.
Sep. 21st, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
Dublin or Belfast - either way I'm there!
Deadly - been hoping you'd pop up 'officially' in Ireland! :) Expect at least one lanky biker to turn up looking for yer signature! Had to sign up to live journal just to say how cool this is!

Thanks for all the good readin' so far George, you breathed some fresh life into the genre for me. G'luck, T.
Sep. 21st, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
It's a business trip, I know, but I hope you have a wonderful time in Ireland. I just got back from a two week stay there.

I think you would really love the Literary Pub Crawl in Dublin. It's well worth the two hours.


I got my tickets through Viator for about $17.
Sep. 21st, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
What month will you be going over to see the filming? My boyfriend lives over there and I will be there for my winter break. I got him into your books. It would be fun for us to go to one of your book signings. :) And if not, at least he'll be able to go if I can't... :(
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