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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. 20th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
I think this is a lovely choice for Loras (one of my favorite characters). The actor has the right looks and, from the clips I've seen on YouTube, he seems talented. Can't wait to hear about Renly casting for... er... much obvious reasons!
Jun. 20th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Who wouldn't
Great cast. Who wouldn't fall in love with ser loras?
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
He looks exactly as I always imagined Loras! Gorgeous :)
Jun. 20th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Ooo he is pretty.. Very good.
Jun. 20th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
So Jaime and Brienne survive to return to the Red Keep? That's interesting.

Well, Finn Jones may not have the most illustrious CV but I wish him good luck in this role. He certainly has the looks for it.
Jun. 20th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
yeah. great choice. He's perfect for my role. I hope a beautifull hunk to play my Renlove.
Jun. 20th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Tywin=Terry O'Quinn plz!
Jun. 21st, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
I second that
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Jun. 20th, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
That's unexpected and worrying
I raised an unimpressed eyebrow at this Mr Martin, I can tell you. While he no doubt looks the part, having Hollyoaks on one's CV is not something I would take as positive; we produce some pretty dire tv shows here but Hollyoaks is right up there (or down there) with the worst. It's a show of morons, by morons, for morons. I can honestly say that I've never seen good acting, or even acceptable acting, in that show. But as I've not seen too much of it, I can only hope this guy is an exception and that HBO know what they're doing.
Jun. 20th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
Love this Loras!(Hollyoaks can easily be forgotten and forgiven), he's got the look and he can act. Now let's see Renly!
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Noooo... Bill Nighy for Tywin... He actually has an accent.
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Wait. You saying Isaacs for Tywin?!? - lampster65 - Jun. 23rd, 2010 02:55 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 20th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Growing strong, indeed.
Jun. 20th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Knight of Flowers and Combat
Living in the UK for two yrs and having the chance to see a bit of theater over there i have to say, soap opera or not, British actors really tend to be quite talented so even i have no doubt the young man will satisfy.

Who is will be in charge of the action/combat cinematography for this project? since there are different directors, and different script writers, will there be different people doing the fight scenes? While i have utter confidence in HBO, i do worry a bit about it.

I saw a special on History Channel a few weeks ago about medieval combat... seeing as how in the series there is range of medieval weapons, Greatswords like Ice, Long/Bastard swords like long claw, rapiers like needle... by any chance will we get a more realistic or rather historically accurate combat for these weapons?

One of the dudes on the special was somebody everybody in the hollywood biz looks up to and basically created the dueling we grew up with in movies (for the life of me i can't remember his name but among many of the projects he worked on he did the lightsaber battles in star wars)... any chance D n D can hire him?

The fight scenes happen to be my biggest concern with the series... when i see Jaime, Loras or Rhaegar fight, i really want to believe these are finest warriors of the 7 kingdoms... also it would be cool if it were the gritty type of fighting of true medieval combat not a bunch of people hoping around on wires john woo style (Red Cliff was an awesome movie btw for ppl who havent seen it)

Jun. 20th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
Looks Good
He certainly has the look. I've never seen Hollyoaks but I'm pretty sure it can't be worse than Home and Away here in Australia and some of those actors are very good once you get them away from Home and Away and into something with a decent plot and film crew. From my memory of The Bill (15 years ago or so) It normally had a decent calibre of actor.
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Oh my.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Looks like a good fit for that fancy pants knight of flowers.

I hope Lord Renly finds him as pleasing to the eyes as all those who are currently swooning over the gallant Tyrell ;) (say no more say no more, a nods as good as a wink to a blind bat!)
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