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Three More for the Show

I have fallen way behind in introducing you to the many of the wonderful actors and actresses that have been cast recently for HBO's GAME OF THRONES. They're hiring them faster than I can write about 'em.

There's too many for me to catch up in one swell foop, but let me mention a few.

Playing Tywin Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West, will be the distinguished British star of stage and screen CHARLES DANCE, O.B.E., who has been our dream casting for this role since the moment we were greenlighted.

Dance was one of the fan favorites for Lord Tywin as well, so he needs no introduction for many of you, I know. For the rest... he has been acting professionally since 1974, but the role that really brought him to widespead attention was Guy Perron in THE JEWEL AND THE CROWN, in 1984. You've seen him in GOLDENEYE, GOSFORD PARK, as Mr. Tulkinghorn in BLEAK HOUSE, and a million other films and television shows. You will shortly be seeing him YOUR HIGHNESS, the film that preceded our pilot in Belfast's Paint Hall. His commanding screen presence and steely charisma should make him the perfect Lord Tywin.

The more feared of the many Lannister knights is the huge, brutal Ser Gregor Clegane, the Mountain That Rides. I did not exactly make it easy for David and Dan and our casting director Nina Gold when I described Gregor as being almost eight feet tall, but they came through as always when they filled the role with Conan... no, not Jason Momoa, and not the Governator either (way too old, way too small, and not a good enough actor), but Australian actor, bodybuilder, and stunt man CONAN STEVENS.

Stevens is actually about ten inches shorter than the Mountain... but still a good half foot taller than Rory McCann, who will be playing his "little brother" Sandor Clegane. He first came to our attention when he read for the part of Khal Drogo. He was not right for that role, but he's perfect for this one, with the acting chops to go with the great physicality he brings to Gregor.

Stevens has his own website at http://www.conanstevens.com/ and is also a blogger. At last report, he was already in Belfast, being fitted for his armor and meeting the other members of the cast. You can read more about that on his blog. He seems to be an amiable fellow, from what he writes, not at all like Ser Gregor. But on screen he's very different, and I can't wait to see the Mountain and the Hound square off at the Hand's tourney.

And to round out the gang from the westerlands, we've tapped another talented young English actor, EUGENE SIMON, to play the role of Lancel Lannister, King Robert's squire, eldest son of Ser Kevan Lannister, cousin to Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion.

Simon made his acting debut in 2003 in MY DAD'S THE PRIME MINISTER. He has also played Young Ben-Hur in the recent remake of BEN-HUR and Young Casanova in CASANOVA, and co-starred as Gerald Durrell in MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS, where he shared the screen with the lovely Tamzin Merchant. Like Conan Stevens, Simon initially read for another role, one that went to someone else, but he impressed David and David (and me, FWIW) so much that we knew we'd found our Lancel.

(For those of you keeping score, no, we won't be casting Robert's younger squire, Tyrek "Wet-Nurse" Lannister, at least not for season one. We may be able to bring him in for season two. Assuming we get one, of course).

Three more great choices, I think. I'm a happy camper.


Aug. 10th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
Wow great lineup!!
Aug. 10th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
Great choices indeed!
Aug. 10th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
Amazing choice on Tywin (and the others too, but Tywin in particular).
Aug. 10th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
Good stuff. Dance is spot-on casting, without a doubt, and I think it's great that the fans and producers were in such agreement on this. And Conan's fantastic. Having seen some clips of his film work from Thailand, I think he'll be able to do ferocious very, very readily.

Tyrek could be handled as an extra next season (*knock on wood*), I imagine. Just need to glimpse a blond little boy looking glum next to a baby girl a couple of times.

Mark Stanley as Grenn -- was it this fellow after all? I suspect so, but the site as on its knees when the fans were flooding it.
Aug. 10th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Wow. That kid really *looks* like a Lannister, to me!
Aug. 10th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
I'm very surprised that they found actors that tall to play Gregor and Sandor. It should be very interesting to see them on battle it out.

I checked out Conan's blog and he has some very insightful and very inspiring posts. I think casting has done a great job with all the actors selected thus far.
Aug. 10th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
look liek some excellent casting choices - I am so looking forward to seeing this series.... But probably not as much as I am hoping for the final book to be completed (hint hint...) :D
Aug. 10th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
You do realize that DANCE WITH DRAGONS is not "the final book," I hope? Two more after this one.
Aug. 10th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Argh don't tell me that!!!! You realise I will have to re-read the whole lot from the beginning before Dances appears, don't you....I think I will have to retire from work in order to make time for it!
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
great cast!

Hats off to Charles Dance! I will end liking Tywin Lannister after all just because of him :P

Conan is such a nice guy when you read his blog, he will have to do a very good acting to be hated :)

And Eugene... is difficult to say it without been tagged as 'spoiler', but 'yes'... ;)
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
Charles Dance
Sardo Numspa is back in town .... d´accord, the perfect Tywin - looking at the cast so far ..... bring it to the big screen ;o))
Aug. 10th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Can you divulge if Keven Lannister will make it into season 1?
Aug. 18th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Lannisters
I hope so!
Aug. 10th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'd considered auditioning for the Mountain's role. But, then I figured having them dig 3ft ditches for the other actors to walk around in was out of the question.

These posts and that trailer are really whetting my appetite.
Aug. 10th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
And another
While we're on the topic of new additions to the show... I've got one for you. This guy.


By this guy, I mean me of course. Yep. Me.

Huge fan, your Grace.

-Joseph Campo
Aug. 10th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
oh dear god cersei is going to seduce that 12 year old kid?
Aug. 21st, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I was thinking!
Aug. 10th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to say that I got my 2011 calendar today and it is even better that I imagined! Thank you!!
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
What a great casting choice for the role of Tywin. Couldn't have found a better actor, as looks go. I have a hard time now imagining a Tywin different than the face of Sir Charles.

Aug. 10th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Charles Dance - perfect for the role! - except.. am I the only one that still has the image of him in Space Truckers firmly lodged in my mind? The scene with him trying/failing to start his cybernetic ..erm.. 'appendage'? =)
Aug. 11th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
Lord Tywin
I always saw Tywin like Alan Dale, "Charles Widmore" in Lost, I think he would be a perfect Tywin, this actor looks too old
Aug. 13th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying checking out the cast coming up. Can't wait for the series to actually hit television (although I will probably have to wait for the DVD). I was hoping to see Patrick Stewart for the part of Tywin, but I would imagine Dance wouldn't have been hired if he wasn't fit for the role. I also think Jouko Ahola would have been a great choice for Hodor, but I'm sure there have been enough opinions to go around on these postings (long time reader, 1st time writer). Until Pink Floyd does Time on the Wall, make mine Martin.
Aug. 16th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Charles Dance!
Charles Dance rules. Hopefully this role will give him much more exposure to American audiences.
Aug. 18th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Charles Dance
I'm very surprised that they found actors that tall to play Gregor and Sandor.
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