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A New Daenerys

Those of you who read Mo Ryan's blog for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE will already have heard the news: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2010/05/game-of-thrones-hbo.html

Yes, the role of Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series of GAME OF THRONES has been recast.

Our new Daenerys is a beautiful and talented young actress named Emilia Clarke, a recent graduate of Drama Centre London. You can learn more about her here:


I haven't had the chance to meet Emilia yet, but I've seen her auditions. She gave some kickass readings, winning out over some amazing competition from all around the world. She should make a great Dany.

(None of which should be taken in any way as a slight against Tamzin Merchant, another wonderful young actress. Her perfomance as Dany in the pilot was wonderful, I thought).


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May. 23rd, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Emilia is definitely got the face for the role, and the height, but the early Dany, to me, seemed a bit more little girlish? I had to get my calculator out and do the conversion. (Why can't the Brits use pounds? What's with stones?) At 5' 2" and 119 lbs, she is quite shapely. I always picture Dany as a not-so-developed young girl. I'm sure my image of her as I read the books would probably be considered child molestation on the big screen :) so I won't go there! Glad to hear it's coming along.
May. 23rd, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Lord Tywin
I found the perfect actor for the patriarch of Lannister.

Robert O'Reilly, Played Gowin on Star Trek.
May. 26th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Lord Tywin
Gowron approves this comment :-)

Excellent actor, although I'm not sure on his accent skills.
May. 23rd, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
She's quite a beauty and should make for an exotic looking blonde. Now, let's hope she can hold her own with the likes of Ian Glen.

We all have different images of Dany in our mind's eye. I have to say that outside of the blonde hair, EC is closer to what I pictured than TM.
May. 23rd, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Tazmin is much closer to how I pictured Dany
May. 31st, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Definitely, Emilia looks much more like Sansa imho
May. 23rd, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Age problem?
I was wondering, wouldn't it be a bit strange seeing an actress who looks somewhat 25 years of age acting the roll of a 13 year old (I believe that is Daenerys age at the beginning of A Game of Thrones)?

I do understand there's the sexual content in play, so you can't really hire a 13 year old to the job, but I think a 18 year old would pass by as a pre-teen much easier than a fully grown woman near. Women - at least for me - change a lot after their 23~25 year of age, they become much more mature looking, whereas 18~20 are more softer, girlier.

Well, that's not for me to decide, anyway... They made Brad Pitt look like 90 in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, they won't have much trouble making a 23~25 year old into 13.

Can't wait to see the series on TV. This may sound pathetic, but Martin should be sanctified.
May. 23rd, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
Re: Age problem?
Didn't Martin said in a previous post that all the younger cast had their ages upped (Dany, Jon, Arya, etc...)? Like, Dany is 16 or something. And considering how many 25+ actors played 16 years old characters (Smallville, anyone? XD), it's definitely possible for her to play a younger role.

I tend to think that the quality of the acting is far more important than their looks, TBH.
Re: Age problem? - 9fires - May. 23rd, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Re: Age problem? - werthead - May. 26th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
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May. 23rd, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
It does appear like she is a rising star!
May. 23rd, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
As long as there are no re-castings of characters AFTER they've been seen in episodes released to the public (ie: Gaius Octavius' recasting in Rome)... that's one of the things that can really ruin public reception of a show. Sopranos got away with it only because very, very minor characters were replaced.

And as long as the director doesn't leave and Michael Bay comes in his stead.. :)
May. 23rd, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
a little photoshop help
for those of you that think emelia doesn't look the part

take a look at the photo shop skills of ASoIaF Message board member Narwen http://7kingdoms.ru/2010/novoj-dejneris-stanet-emiliya-klark/

May. 25th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Re: a little photoshop help
Hmmm... honestly that makes her look kinda weird. Well, we'll all just have to continue to wait for the pilot to air I guess!
Re: a little photoshop help - migueldsgn - May. 31st, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 26th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
two things
Being on HBO, I expect the full raciness of the novels (sex, infidelity, rape, incest) to make it to the big screen. Tamzin Merchant has already done nudity in the Tudors, so it was a given she would do it in Game of Thrones. Will Emilia do nude? Personally, I hope so. I want this series authentic.

For the Record, I find the sex scenes in True Blood excessive. Racy, but excessive.

If the sex in Game of Thrones is tamer, or shot without nudity, I won't actually mind, as that means my Wife might actually be willing to watch it with me.

Finally, I know George replied to someone else that we won't get to see the original Pilot, but I hope he is not counting on how must DVD sets of shows, include the original unaired pilot.

For example, Heroes. I enjoyed seeing what the pilot was like before the recast the role of Matt Parkman's Wife. It was interesting. Also, major plot changes!

Fingers crossed that the Tamzin and Jennifer Ehle still make it to the eventual DVD release!
May. 28th, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Hi George, I've been following your journal for a while, and today I wanted to post something as I'm terribly excited- I just got called in for a casting of "Doreah"! I was going to send them a tape with that character anyway, as I'm a blonde, blue-eyed horse- riding actress with scandinavian heritage :) I love your books and can only hope they give me a chance, I guarantee NO one wants this part as much as I do! I'm sure they new Dany will be fab, and I hope to work with her. If you should see this comment before I go in; what kind of accent would be good for a Lysene girl? (Scandinavian, german-ish, eastern european...?)

Look out for my tape ;)

Best regards,
Jun. 1st, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Doreah
There's no exact correspondence to any real-world accents, of course.

Lys is a southern city, surrounded by the sea, a city of hot days, warm nights, cool ocean breezes, sensual and languid. Perhaps something Meditteranean? A musical, flowing, liquid tongue.

However, that's me. No guarantee that HBO will be looking for that.

Good luck with your audition, Katarina.
Re: Doreah - katarinagellin - Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:00 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 30th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, I think she's a stunner! She looks very vulnerable and very young. I can't wait to see the feisty side! And I wonder what she'll look like as a blond. :)
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
well recast she may be -- but perfect she also is... wow
No offense George but nothing like a beautiful talented actress of her Beauty to drive home how the match To Drogo would work. I mean I would recruit an army to be with the lovely young fey figure of a girl like the one portrayed aptly like Ms Emilia Clarke. It has been a while since i have read the books, at least the early ones so I am going to reread, but it is already fascinating recalling them while watching the first episode. My only complaint is one that cannot be helped and that is that it is so frustrating only taking in the production one hour of an episode at a time. But I believe that only means that I am loving that you got your books done by HBO so I should be patient just enjoy.

I was one of your readers that while going insane waiting for you to come out with your next book, I understood the type of opportunity you were going after. And indeed, It must feel like a bit of a surreal dream come true to have such a serious respectful, well budgeted and well cast talent to visually embody your material. I think this is the biggest coup since the benevolent neglect that allowed what I consider a nice long and satisfying Arc to be shown on an episodic vehicle format of Babylon five and you actually have better technology and bigger budgets. I am thrilled for you. And No offense to many other great episodes that both HBO and Show time have done, I also greatly enjoyed True Blood and Rome. But both of those seemed a bit more of an obvious choice to turn into visual property. I still love your books though because movies are inherently the surface and books are inherently the inside out so both will have their enduring charm and both will illuminate the story differently.

I wonder if like me, you will be as interested to see which actors whose careers this series will catapult into the stratosphere. I am so happy for Peter Dinklage. He is an immensely talented actor who will finally get to play a big roll with so much depth of both light and dark, Hardship and privilege. I am also glad they did not try to "Ugly him up" though truth be told he is a bit prettier than the Tyrion that was described in the books. Unintentionally, you may have just written the best part for a little person ever in the history of little people on film that I know of. Already he has delivered some lines nicely in the first episode. I am referring to the scene where Tyrion delivers some sage advice to John Snow. I have not been this excited for a good ride of the imagination since I was a little kid. And as someone who is also an aspiring world builder, I am gratified beyond belief that your work is being immortalized again in film. I wish you continued good fortune and I want to thank you for bringing such a behemoth of a large and complex story to the public. I can only hope it will be part of a trend. Though truth be told, you work is quite rarified in the company that it keeps.
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