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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:

http://www.spotlight.com/7655-7861-0395

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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sommac
May. 22nd, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Can someone explain, or point me to a post if its already been answered, why so many/all the roles need to be recast for the regular series?
hippoiathanatoi
May. 22nd, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
There's no clear-cut information, although a source at HBO stated that the change to Michelle Fairley was more some behind-the-scenes tweaking of emphasis or direction than anything.

Recasting of parts -- even major parts -- is pretty common in Hollywood between the pilot and regular series stage.
audiovore
May. 26th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
As hippoiathanatoi said, it is very common. People have other projects offered from the finishing of pilot shooting to pickup. Or sometimes a certain actor may not test well(more for network type stuff like sitcoms), or not be able to commit to the series shooting schedule because of other projects and the like.

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