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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 05:44 am (UTC)
yay!!!!! that's awesome :D

i really really hope HBO doesn't mess this up.. like they have done to a few wonderful series in the past.

Jul. 20th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
that's gonna be one of the best TV-shows ever
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
There is not enough bandwidth on all the Internet to contain my SQUEE! This is fantastic news! I am so excited to see this come to life.
Jul. 20th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
There is not enough bandwidth on all the Internet to contain my SQUEE!

Jul. 20th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)

I called it!!!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
What a show-off! :p
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Jul. 20th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
Wow... I hadn't thought about Sean Bean at all for Ned Stark. I'm all about it!

All the best in everything, Mr. Martin.
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Woo hoo all the way re: casting!

And here's a picture of Harry Lloyd: From BBC.co.uk He was also in the Doctor Who episode(s) "Human Nature" and "Family of Blood". Great actor and excellent for Viserys.
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Jul. 20th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Kurtwood Smith?
You've mentioned him as your top pic for Tywin Lannister before. This has me wondering if he is still on your radar...
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
Great news! I've been hoping for it to come true since I've heard the rumors about Sean Bean involvement for the first time.
Just a pity, that he's got to die here as well.
Except for a few roles, he's always tragically dies in the movies...
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
Very cool. I love Sean and am looking forward, even more now, to watching the show...
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
OMG OMG OMG! So excited! I will definitely be awaiting more news!
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
I am screaming like a madman now. But to myself. Because I am at the office. YES YES YES.


Oh my god, I love who Robert is! I love that actor. ♥
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
This news makes me want to .... Dance? :-)
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
I probably just left the most fangirlish voicemail on my best mates phone about Sean Bean. The man is my personal savior, quite frankly.

And I just watched Harry Lloyd in the Doctor Who episodes this very night. I made comments about how much I'd like to see him in other things. He will be an amazing Viserys.
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Wow. I would have never thought of Sean Bean. His typical character type is so far removed Eddard Stark. But he’s perfect. Mark Addy is great for King Robert too. I can just picture him red-faced with foaming spittle coming off his lip. I saw a picture of the guy for Viserys and he looks every bit as petulant as he aught to.

I still really hope that they get Michael Emerson as Littlefinger.

Just with the casting so far, I’m getting pretty excited.
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Eee! This is awesome news!
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