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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.


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.
May. 9th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Varys
I imagine it must be 100 times tougher for you not to say anything than it is for us waiting. I know I would be dying to tell people who sent in tapes or auditioned.

Just make sure to let us know when/if you can. I can't wait to see Ice and Fire come to life, and I can't wait to see who will be bringing it all come together.
May. 10th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Re: Varys
So you're saying Rowan Atkinson has not yet been ruled out.


Fingers, toes (and eyes) crossed.



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