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... on the theory that, sooner or later, we have to stop talking about fanfic.

So, let's see. Casting is in full swing for the HBO series. No one has been cast yet. But I think we're getting close on a few roles.

I've been looking at many audition tapes. Varys. Littlefinger. Pyp. Grenn. Sam. Ser Gregor. Renly. Bronn. Septa Mordane. Jory. The Old Bear. Even Marillion. And probably some other characters that I've forgotten about, writing this off the top of my head.

Some very hard choices await us. For some parts, a wealth of great possibilities, and no way to go wrong. For others, two or three strong contenders, then it tails off sharply. For a few, we have yet to see anyone who excites us, so the search goes on.

I've been asked if I will once again be giving "hints" when parts are cast. Honest answer: I don't know. I had fun with that last time around, and I think you guys did too. (It astonished me how quickly you solved some of those puzzles). But now that we have an actual series, HBO may very well want all casting announcements to come through them. Or maybe they won't care. In any case, he who pays the piper calls the tune, so I'll dance to whatever they play.

Tell you what, though... to save you guys the trouble of trying to parse every syllable of my posts here for hints and hidden meanings that do not exist, I will use a simple signal. If I do add any posts with casting hints, I'll use my Froggy the Gremlin userpic. If Froggy is not up there, then there are no hints in the post, so don't sweat it. (This is pretty much what I did last time round, I'm just making it explicit).

I think we're going to get some great people.


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May. 9th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
This must be an incredibly exciting part of the process for everyone involved, yet at the same time a little stressful. Once you put a face to the name it's hard to get out of your head when you imagine that world again, for me at least. I hope you will be able to find talented people that will do the characters justice.

I realise what little weight and significance any casting suggestions on here may have but I have to get this off my chest. I would love to see Denis Menochet make an appearance in your world. The single scene he had as Perrier LaPadite in Inglourious Basterds left me stunned, the amount of masculinity and intensity he brought added so much tension and gravitas to the dialogue. I would love to see him in action in Westeros, perhaps as Northman or a character from the Iron Islands.
May. 9th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Upon seeing that I was reading A Feast for Crows, a older couple sitting next to me on a flight into Glasgow introduced themselves as the parents of the guy playing The Hound. They were wonderful people and they spoke very highly of everything they had seen at the filming of the pilot, and they spoke very highly of you, Mr. Martin. Also, given how they described the height of their son, the guy they get to play The Mountain will have to be a monster!

I cant wait to see the series!
May. 9th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Please make them get Varys right. He's one of my favorite characters in the novels because there is so much mystery behind him. I also like how nobody really knows what to make of him. I'm hoping that he'll also be in the next book as well. I missed him not being in the last book. Thanks for the info!
May. 9th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Getting excited! Crossing my fingers that Syrio was a character you forgot to mention and didn't purposefully leave out! ;P
May. 13th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
My vote for Syrio
Ben Kingsley, but I'm sure he's too busy/expensive for such a small part.
May. 9th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, with the show green-lit will the pilot air in advance of the series or will it wait for the first set of episodes to be ready and run with the first half of the season (I think that's what HBO has done in the past with new series)?
May. 9th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Gregor Clegane
was one of the casting tapes for Gregor from a 7 foot tall stunt actor named Conan Stevens? he is the curent fan favorite over at the westros board
May. 9th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
I've got to say, I don't envy you one little bit on that front. I know very little about actors, and trying to decide between a bunch of talented people who all want one role that only one can have would not be my favorite thing to do in the whole wide world.
May. 9th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Can u tell us who the likely prospects are for varys? whats his deal neways, he told tyrion that he hated magic and all those who wield it, yet instead of working for the citadel he's been working for dany or for her cause at least... and we really havent gotten to see the plot thicken at the citadel either... no real players have emerged, all we do is hear of the high council...
May. 9th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Varys
I can't tell you who the likely prospects are for any role, sorry.

That sort of thing is strictly confidential.
Re: Varys - progame13 - May. 9th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Varys - liftingfaces - May. 10th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 9th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Man...speaking of that, fanfic fanfic fanfic fanfic.....

May. 9th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
...and yet the best cast shall always remain within my mind, created by the imagery of your written words. :3
May. 9th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the updates! It's really great of you to share news with us.

I bet it's going to be quite difficult to cast Gregor and Littlefinger. Hopefully you'll get lucky with those roles and find the perfect person. It would be fun if you got an actual semi-famous or famous musician to play Marillion.

Not sure if you're allowed to speak about this, but what are your plans for portrayal of the songs in ASOIAF? You've obviously wrote out the lyrics but do you have an idea in mind for the melodies? It will be a real treat to hear the songs performed.
May. 9th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
New Catelyn
I am a huge fan of your books and am so excited about the HBO series. I happened to see on IMDB that the role of Catelyn Stark is going to be played by a different actress than in the pilot. Could you possibly shed some light on this?

Thanks so much and I hope you come to the Philadelphia area soon so that I can meet you and get an autograph!
May. 12th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: New Catelyn
On a similar note, are they recasting the whole thing, or will they be keeping some of the actors from the pilot?
May. 9th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
As long as we can be wildly hopeful, Sean Connery as Bariston Selmy. Not only would he be amazing, it would mean his career wouldn't go out on a crapfest like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
May. 9th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
I can't wait until they start casting Lord Tywin.

You must stop at nothing to get Kurtwood Smith for the role. Anyone else would be unacceptable.
May. 10th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
I was thinking Patrick Stewart.
Red Foreman and his Red Gold? - lampster65 - May. 13th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 9th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited for this show!
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