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A Casting We Will Go

Well, Reuters has the story out already, so there's no longer any reason for me to keep mum. Yes, the rumors you've been seeing all over the web the last few days are true. Another huge piece has fallen into place for the HBO pilot of A GAME OF THRONES -- we have signed Sean Bean to play the part of Lord Eddard Stark.

For the movie fans out there, Sean Bean needs no introduction. I mean, what the hell, he was Boromir and he was Sharpe, he was terrific in both roles, and in a hundred other parts besides. I can't imagine a better Ned. The deal took some doing, so my fingers have been crossed for a month now (and boy, that made it hard to type), but now it's done, and I'm thrilled.

That's only part of the exciting news, however. Casting has been proceeding apace these past six weeks or so -- in New York and LA, London and Dublin, most recently in Australia. David and Dan and director Tom McCarthy have been looking all over the world for the right actors, and now they've filled some key roles as well.

For King Robert I Baratheon, we've got Mark Addy, a veteran British actor of stage and screen that many of you may remember from his fine turn in A KNIGHT'S TALE.

The roles of Joffrey Baratheon, the crown prince, and Viserys Targaryen, the beggar king, have also been filled... by Jack Gleeson and Harry Lloyd, respectively. Sorry, I haven't been able to find pictures of them on the internet yet, though I'm sure they are out there somewhere. I've seen readings by both Gleeson and Lloyd, and both should be terrific.

And last, but certainly not least, the role of the bastard Jon Snow will be played by a young actor named Kit Harington. You probably haven't heard of him yet... but you will, we're confident. David and Dan can't say enough about his talent and intensity.

Of course, there's a lot more roles still to fill, including some very crucial ones like the Lannister twins, the Stark children, and Daenerys Targaryen, so the search will continue for awhile. But we've begun, and so far I couldn't be happier. October is right around the corner.


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Jul. 20th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
I was hoping from the day I saw Sean Bean at Winter is Coming that he'd be cast. This makes me doubly excited for the show, if that's even possible.
Jul. 20th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Excellent news :-)

As well as the obvious great casting of Bean, Lloyd is a great choice from his turn as Will Scarlett in ROBIN HOOD (the series wasn't great but him and the guy playing Guy of Gisbourne were pretty decent) and his guest role in DOCTOR WHO, not to mention Prince Rupert in THE DEVIL'S WHORE.

Mark Addy is an interesting choice, playing slightly against type as he normally does comic roles, but I've also seen him in some dramatic roles over the years. I think he'll do well.
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Against type?
The King Robert in my head had a huge sense of humor with a big booming laugh. Mark Addy will be great.
Jul. 20th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Jack Gleeson
Missed one of two pages of comments that might've mentioned this, but:

Jack Gleesen was the blonde kid Katie Holmes-Cruise protected at the end of Batman Begins.

Harry Lloyd did the BBCs Robin Hood series as Will Scarlet. Needs a dye job, but otherwise looks properly douche-esque.
Jul. 20th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
What a coincidence!! Only last night I dreamed that I had been randomly selected for a bit role in the pilot, even though I have absolutely no acting experience whatsoever. I was going to play the part of a guard who dies and had two lines. I was absolutely thrilled!

And now I wake up to the REAL news! What a great start to my day :)
Jul. 20th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Fantastic casting!!!!
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
That earsplitting scream you hear is a happy fangirl
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
They are all perfect!

Harry: http://www.trh.co.uk/bio_hlloyd.php

Jack: http://www.filmdope.com/Gallery/ActorsG/58178-26622.gif

The pic is a few years old from when he was in Batman Begins.
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
they all seem like excellent choices I cannot express my excitement over this.
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
you just made me so excited at work, i nearly peed my pants! yikes!

dreams do come true! thanks for making my day! thank you for updating! thank you for EXISTING!


(no subject) - jillbamfette - Jul. 20th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
WOW, what a great cast list! So excited!
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Now I have to change my pants. What a mess.
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
we cant forget Cat!
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
That is exactly how I pictured King Robert in my mind reading the books. Great casting job!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Exploding heads.
AHHHHHHH!!! My head is going to explode. Sean Bean! This is even ranks allot higher in awesomeness than the moon landing!
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