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Along Came a Spider

... and to confirm the story that Mo Ryan broke earlier today in her column, the role of Varys the Spider will be played by CONLETH HILL.

Born in Northern Ireland, in County Antrim, Hill has done his share of televison and film, but is probably best known for his work in the theatre, which ranges from serious drama to musical comedy, and everything in between, including roles in THE PRODUCERS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, WAITING FOR GODOT, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. He's appeared on stages in Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Toronto, and on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award for best actor. Hill has also twice been awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, once for best actor, once for best supporting actor.

He has his own website at http://www.conlethhill.com/ where you can find out a lot more about him, and even see some amazing video clips. Hill, like Varys, is quite a chameleon, an actor who truly disappears inside the characters he portrays, more than capable not only of bringing the slimy, simpering eunuch to life, but also of showing us all the other faces of King's Landing's master of whisperers.

With Varys, Littlefinger, Grand Maester Pycelle, and Ser Barristan all cast, King Robert's small council lacks only Lord Renly... and he'll be joining them soon. (Sorry, you will need to wait for season two for Stannis, off brooding on Dragonstone). It is going to be amazing to see all these actors sitting down together at the council table...


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Jul. 15th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
I must admit that I was hoping we'd see Stannis and maybe Jon Arryn in S1 in flashback. That said, the way it works in the books where we keep hearing about Stannis throughout the first volume before finally meeting him in the second is also pretty cool, and should work well on TV.
Jul. 16th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Dreams for Season 2
I'm already envisioning Richard Armitage as Stannis and blazing a path through 'A Game of Thrones' in order to get to 'Clash of Kings' asap. Stannis' relationship with the Red Lady sounds intriguing...off to continue the journey to Dragonstone and Stannis' long-awaited appearance. The more excited we become about a Season 2, the more likely it will come to pass:)
Jul. 16th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Patrick Stewart for Stannis!
Jul. 16th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
I would second that :)
Jul. 16th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Carel Struycken is Stannis. FTW.
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
An intriguing choice, but too old. He's older than Mark Addy and doesn't really look like him at all. My choice would be Mark Strong, but he seems to have become a notable Hollywood actor in the last couple of years, so that probably won't happen.

He'd make a terrifying Ilyn Payne though.
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
Sorry, I meant that Struycken would make a great Payne.
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Too old.

I say - Patrick Stewart for Lord Tywin. :)
Jul. 17th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
You know I just can't imagine Patrick Stewart as a blond.
Jul. 16th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
I have to admit I don't know many of these actors, but this guy looks absolutely perfect for the role - he feels like he could go all Spiderish at any moment. Have to go check out the clips now.
Jul. 16th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
He looks about as perfect as he could be for the role.

Most of the time i don't follow casting for anything, but it's been amazing to see how many of the actors really look like what i'd think they should - and have these amazing acting chops as well. It's also a little window into what it *really* takes to get these things off the ground.

While the public clamors for the next installment, dozens (hundreds? more?) of people are working away at this, finding the perfect actors, the actor learning their parts, sets being built, lighting and props and scripts, fights choreographed, costumes and makeup and effects, oh my, and enough staff to fill out an Army Battalion. What a tremendous amount of work.

Jul. 16th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
The Cast
British readers of ASOIaF are especially fortunate to know all these actors. As an American, not usually tuned into this genre, only two cast so far are familiar to me. they are Sean Bean(who doesn't know Col Sharpe?:) and Harry Lloyd - he played in the BBC's recent update of Robin Hood.

Everyone else will be a new face for me, but seeing everyone's excitement as each name is announced assures me GoT's will indeed be a unique journey in early 2011.
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