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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 06:28 am (UTC)
Awesome!! That is some excellent casting :D
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
George, I'm sorry for doubting you ... I assumed all your little hints about 'beans' were just to wind us up because you knew we'd jump on them with glee and pull them to pieces. But this is utterly awesome news! I've been hoping for Sean Bean as Ned for months, and while I'd never even considered Mark Addy, I can really see it now.

Any more little hints you'd like to throw our way ... for the casting of Catelyn, perhaps ...?

Jul. 20th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Wow, Sean Bean will be perfect for the role.
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
What others have said
WHEEEE and SQUEEE and great good fortune for a good friend! I loves it!

Hugs across the e-ways! Real hugs next time I see you!
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Sean Bean! That is AMAZING news! He is PERFECT.
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
that is such exciting news!! wow! =D
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
How exciting!

Some of us remember Mark Addy from THE FULL MONTY, and he also did the sitcom "Still Standing." (Better photos of him here. Photo of Jack Gleeson from "Batman Begins" is here (although he's older now so might not look quite the same). If it's the Harry Lloyd from "Robin Hood," then you can find photos on this fan page for him.
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
"Some of us remember Mark Addy from THE FULL MONTY, and he also did the sitcom "Still Standing.""

...and don't forget the Rowan Atkinson / Ben Elton sitcom 'Thin Blue Line' (he was the detective constable).
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
Oh, that's exciting!

Now I have my fingers crossed for Charles Dance as Tywin...
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
SEAN BEAN! That is absolutely fantastic and exciting!

Mark Addy is truly excellent, and I think he'll do fantastic as well.

I'm friggin' excited now!
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
All I have to say is Sean Bean is awesome.
Jul. 20th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Amazing news! I love Sean Bean's work, and I have to say that the actor playing Jon Snow looks just right!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Yay! This is incredibly exciting. The cast so far looks great. :)
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Sean Bean totally rocks! Looks like the casting will be fantastic - I can't wait!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Score! I'm so excited. It must be really fun to watch your work turn into something so collaborative. A lot of people working as a team to try and manifest something that came from inside your head ;)

I'm looking forward to it!
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