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Recasting Royce

Just a brief note to confirm the other news in Mo Ryan's blog this morning.

Yes, there's been another recasting (and possibly a few more in the offing).

David and Dan and HBO have decided to reshoot the prologue sequence from the pilot. For the very best of reasons, I think: to make it better.

I've seen the pilot, or at least a rough cut thereof, and I thought the prologue sequence was quite good, actually. But this will be the opening scene of the entire series, the first introduction to the world of Westeros for millions of viewers, so "quite good" was not good enough. We want to make it great.

So we reshoot. The only problem with that being, life moves on and so do actors. Other roles come along, dates don't always work out, schedules refuse to mesh, even with the best of intentions. And that's what happened with our prologue.

Everyone loved Jamie Campbell Bower and his performance as Ser Waymar Royce... but since our pilot wrapped, JCB has gone on to win one of the lead roles in the new Starz series CAMELOT --no one less than Arthur Pendragon himself.


Unfortunately, Jamie's shooting schedule with CAMELOT conflicted with our own, so there was no way he could come back and reprise his performance as Ser Waymar. But we wish him luck with his new (much larger) role... and who knows, if GAME OF THRONES should happen to have a longer run than CAMELOT, maybe one day he can come back and play another (much larger) role for us.

Meanwhile, for our reshoot, Nina Gold has found another terrific young British actor to don the sable cloak of Ser Waymar Royce. His name is ROB OSTLERE.

Ostlere is a relative newcomer, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts who has appeared in the films THE TASK (just completed, not yet in release) and TORTOISE, and the tv series THE DOCTORS. He's actually an actor we've had our eye on for some time. Last year, when we were casting the pilot, he read for several parts, and was a strong contender for all of them. And though ultimately he lost out on those roles, he impressed all of us so much that we kept bringing him back. We knew he was someone we wanted to work with. It's great to have him as part of the show at last.

(If only, ah, briefly).

As for the other rangers in the prologue sequence... nothing has been settled there as yet, but there is a chance that those roles will need to be recast as well. We may also need to recast one other player, NOT from the prologue, again for reasons concerning a reshoot and schedule conflicts. But we'll see. Every effort is being made to work these things out.


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Jul. 16th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
This makes me sad. Jamie would have been so good in that brief role.

Yay for newcomers though. I can't wait to see all these young actors propelled to stardom through the awesome that will be this miniseries.
Jul. 16th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Is there a hint available on how major the possible recast role is? Or can you tell us who it's NOT? I feel impending panic about people assuming that it could be Bean/Dinklage.
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Have no fear. Bean and Dinklage are aboard and will remain so.

These are much smaller parts we are talking about.
Jul. 16th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
This news further illustrates what a big machine this HBO series. It boggles my mind that it is able to be kept running with all the parts needed to make it work. It is no wonder budgets are what they are for film and television production. Amazing.
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
great names!!! (just for fun) Bronn? If I can make some name... Ray Stevenson (Titus Pullo in Rome), or Pierfrancesco Favino (italian very good actor: General Clozelle in Narnia/Caspian, inspactor Olivetti in Angels & demons). Not only for this parts. Stannis? Sergio Castellitto (italian, Miraz in Narnia/Caspian) Why italian names? because they are very good actor that worked in Hollywood too (and in Italy, Favino played in many tv series)!
Jul. 16th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
I know im probably getting ahead of myself here but some ideas for DVD special features. i would love to see the original prologue on there, also perhaps you could put the clues you leave for us about the cast with links to who they were and like a bio of the actor/actress plus the audition tapes. Just some ideas but i think all of us on here would love to see some of the tapes that you are agonizing over even if its years after the series comes out.

p.s. good luck with the monkey
Jul. 16th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Wow. Good news for Jamie. I hadn't heard about this Camelot series and now I'm excited about it as well.
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
But what if...
I'm just curious due to the chaotic unpredictability of film/TV production, but what should happen if they end up liking the first shoot better? I don't mean to be pessimistic or to doom the reshoot in any way, but is the original scrapped with extreme prejudice, or would it possibly still be used in the event that the reshot scene turns out, despite everyone's best efforts, to be unsatisfactory in some way?
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