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The Knight of Flowers

I suppose I could still hint around about this... something about holly and oaks and a bill, I guess... but it seems rather pointless, since (1) you guys would solve such hints in about twelve seconds, and (2) the answer has already leaked out on Twitter and has been picked up by some of the fan sites.

So instead I'll just confirm the reports. We have our Knight of Flowers. The part of Ser Loras Tyrell in the HBO series GAME OF THRONES will be played by Finn Jones.

Jones is a talented young British actor whose previous credits include the long-running British soap opera HOLLYOAKS and a cop show called THE BILL. I haven't seen either of those myself, but I have seen Finn's audition for Ser Loras (the scene where Loras confront Jaime and Brienne at the gates of the Red Keep), which was terrific.

(There's a YouTube video with clips for those who might be interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOsUFwKxAPk There's also a YouTube fan video from a young lady who seems to be madly in love with him, which I guess just goes to show that (1) he's a great choice, and (2) Sansa isn't the only one. That one you'll need to find for your own selves, however).

So... House Tyrell is now represented in the GAME OF THRONES.

I should mention, by the way, that the earlier report of Finn Jones' casting was somewhat premature. At the time the news leaked out, via tweet, Jones had been cast and had been approved by HBO, but the deal had not yet closed. In fact, it was not until this morning that HBO officially informed me that the deal was set. Which is why nothing has been said until now. You have to understand the way the process works, folks. Many audition, they are winnowed down to a few finalists, a choice is finally made after much internal discussion and weighing of alternatives, the choice is submitted to HBO for approval, approval is given (or sometimes, rarely, not -- in which case it is back to square one)... and then negotiations begin with the actor's agents.

But not every deal closes. Sometimes you can't get together on the money. Sometimes there is a problem with the dates and shooting schedule. Sometimes, in between the audition and the callback and the final offer, the actor gets another job... a movie or another TV show (you and I may think it mad, but truth is, most actors would prefer, say, a lead in another production to a supporting part in ours)... and elects to take that instead. Lots of things can happen.

And no one wants to announce an actor, only to have the negotiations dead end for one reason or another, or the actor withdraw. Which is why I will never post anything here until the deal is closed. So keep that in mind the next time you hear a rumor on Twitter.

There should be more casting news soon, by the way. Another five or six parts have been cast and approved... but the negotiations are still ongoing with the actors in question and their representatives, so I will say no more. You'll have to wait. (But David and Dan and Nina have found some great people, so the wait will be well worth it).

Today belongs to Finn Jones. Three cheers for bold Ser Loras!


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Jun. 19th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
I can dig it!
Jun. 19th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Good lord, somebody from Hollyoaks is actually going to go on and have a career in something good!?

Truly, we are living in end times.
Jun. 19th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
I am surprised too. And yet so excited. I can't to see who else has been cast, and how the adaptation comes across. It's bound to be fantastic! (Hollyoaks or not. ;))
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Jun. 19th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
wow, good casting there. he is as yummy as he's supposed to be, for sure. :)
Jun. 19th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
Here's to hoping I am DVRing AGoT because I am knee deep in ADwD! Sean Bean is going to make this first season for sure, but it seems to be a hell of a cast shaping up here. Can't wait. That teaser last week was perfect to whet the appetite!
Jun. 19th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
To quote the Animaniacs, "Hello, Nurse!"
Jun. 19th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)

*swoons like Sansa*
Jun. 19th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
With little more than a month before production starts on the show, we must now be in crunch-time to get the casting done for a lot of parts. A few won't shoot until later in the season, so they can maybe wait. But others will need to get their costuming done soon, practice with fight choreographers, rehearsals, etc., etc....
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Anyone know how many episodes the season will have?
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
pilot + 9 more
episodes to be filmed startng in late July.

Edited at 2010-06-19 09:54 pm (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
So cute! From all the pictures you've been posting you'll have a beautiful show at least. Looking forward to it.
Jun. 19th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, he's pretty.
Jun. 19th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Nearly all of the speaking parts are "lead" parts...even the lowly smuggler or camp follower get great parts in the Game Of Thrones. I hope GOT does well and HBO picks up the tab (with generous cash advances) for the Clash Of Kings.
Jun. 19th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
Mr. Jones certainly is a LOT better looking than most of the guys I know named Loras. ;-D

Now I'm REALLY curious as to who HBO will cast as Renly Baratheon.
Jun. 19th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
Oh merciful heavens. Thank you, HBO, for the eye candy. If ever I needed another reason to watch this show, this definately makes the list.
Jun. 19th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)

I do hope there will be some, ahem, suggestive scenes involving him and Renly, ;-)

And anyway, I have a question. Why is the series called "Game of Thrones"? Why not "A Song of Ice and Fire"?

Surely, if it progresses to the second season, it will be awkward to either rename it to "Clash of Kings" or keep calling it "Game" when it`s going to be an adaptation of "Clash".

Does HBO have some kind of a special reason, or what?
Jun. 21st, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
Show Titles
There'd be a few reasons!
ASoIaF is a great name for a Fantasy Book series but it wouldn't catch on for a TV show.
GoT is nice and short - and is still semi relevant for later books/seasons.
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