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The Maid of Tarth

I see you guys are just as sharp as ever. The long layoff between first and second season casting hasn't made you rusty. Once again, you nailed my obscure hints within minutes.

Well, okay, I did fool a few of you. For a couple minutes, anyway. But others correctly puzzled out the casting. The part of Brienne, Maid of Tarth, will be played by British actress GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE.

This was another one of those cases where there was hardly any debate. The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne. Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect. No, when she auditioned, she did not look she does in the photo above. She came in looking... well, like Brienne.

As for my clues... Christie played in a music video called DAMARIS, which includes a song about Isabelle, the She-Wolf of France (wife of King Edward II, for the history nerds out there), and played in Shakespeare's CYMBELINE at the Barbican theatre. She also posed for Australian photographed Polly Borland for a show called "Bunny."

She also appears in the recent IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSAS, though I did not use that one in my clues.

Gwendoline will be a great Brienne. It's a thrill to have her join the cast.

Congratulations to everyone who figured it out... and for those who guessed wrong, well, better luck next time.


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Jul. 8th, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
looks really cute
...for someone who is as strong as Gregor, but not so pretty ;-).
Jul. 8th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
How in the nine hells can this cute girl play Brienne? :)))
Jul. 8th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Brienne is my favourite character in the entire series, so I was both looking forward to her casting a lot and dreading it a bit. Gwendoline Christie has been on fandom's radar screen for a while, and I am pretty chuffed with the choice. However, I hope the make-up department will uglify her since she's such an adorable-looking young woman - not excatly the next Angelina Jolie, but in no conceivable way ugly or freakish.

But it's reassuring to hear that her acting skills impressed everyone so much. Did she also have to audition with Gethin Anthony, Michelle Fairley or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau since Brienne interacts with Renly, Cat, and Jaime the most?

Jul. 8th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
saphire eyes on photo)
Jul. 8th, 2011 08:35 am (UTC)
erm, isn't she way too goodlooking?
Jul. 9th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
Makeup, my friend.
Jul. 8th, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
Now there's a case of "Hollywood homely" if I ever saw one. But I suppose it cannot be helped.
Jul. 8th, 2011 08:50 am (UTC)
Great choice! :D I can't wait to see her as Brienne :D
Jul. 8th, 2011 09:10 am (UTC)
Great choice!
Dariusz Mysłowski
Jul. 8th, 2011 09:55 am (UTC)
I know she will do good after makeup, hair cut, etc. Her height is perfect. But I'm worried about time to prepare her for this role.
Brienne was one of best knights in Westeros! Question is: actress will start evryday training of sword fighting and some gym to get muscles or you will hire stunt-girls? ;d I hope she will prepare herself good!
Jul. 8th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
Cool news! :-)

Are you allowed to confirm that Gemma Whelan has been cast as a possibly-renamed Asha Greyjoy after it was let slip yesterday? :-)
Jul. 8th, 2011 10:31 am (UTC)
As a diehard Brienne fan I'm VERY pleased with this casting. Thanks for the good news George! ♥
Jul. 8th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
She better put on some weight, muscles and plastic makeup (broken nose, crooked teeth, lower brow, swollen lips), she looks way too good for Brienne now.
Seriously, don't screw this up, it makes no sense if she actually is a "Beauty", or even decent looking.
Jul. 8th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
Well the casting for season 1 was excellent and it seems to me as if season 2 will continue in that regard...
Jul. 8th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
I'll take your word she looked the part, because that girl looks gorgeous. And it's a pet peeve of mine when tv and movies pretend a girl is "plain" or "ugly" and in fact she's really good looking and they just straighten her hair or stick glasses on her or something. :P

But I trust your judgement, George.

Did you announce the girl slated to play Margaery? I missed it on your own blog but I saw she had announced it on her own. Alas, I can't dig up the link now,but she as on the Tudors, right?
Jul. 8th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
Natalie Dormer played Anne Boleyn in The Tudors.
(no subject) - Narco_Sleepy - Jul. 8th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - eagle55555 - Jul. 8th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
^ THIS - Frank Bartlett - Jul. 8th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - wow_hazmat - Jul. 8th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
SO agree. - Erin Mayhugh - Jul. 8th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 8th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, she is perfect! All of the casting choices, all of the sets - EVERYTHING - has looked exactly as I imagined, or close enough to make no difference.
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