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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.


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.
Jul. 8th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
I agree that she will need to be uglified (ala Charlize Theron in Monster) to be even remotely what I imagined Brienne was like in the books.
Jul. 8th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
No makeup + fake buck teeth + an obnoxious number of fake freckles + hair chopped with a rusty knife = elimination of "gorgeous" problem.

Would love to see a behind-the-scenes video of her physically training for the part, including being in the gym and swordplay.
Frank Bartlett
Jul. 8th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
this is exactly what i was going to say.. Brienne of Tarth is supposed to be Horsey and mannish, yes? this woman is far from horsey or mannish, she is beautiful.
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Seconding the ugly-not-ugly girl thing.

Lacking HBO, I've been so far unable to watch the show, though I /have/ started re-reading the series. The curse of adaptations from print is that the characters /rarely/ look how one imagines them!
Erin Mayhugh
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
SO agree.
Came here to make essentially the same comment. I knew they wouldn't cast someone who's actually homely. I hope you're right that it turns out ok. Brienne is one of my favorites. ;-)


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