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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 07:18 am (UTC)
Sean Bean! Must we behead him?

Congratulations on such fine casting.
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
Sean Bean
Sean Bean. Friggin. Awesome.
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
Very excited now! I really have all of my appendages crossed that everything pans out and I will be watching Sean Bean say "Winter is coming"

Jul. 20th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Best news I've had all day. Way to go, A GAME OF THRONES!!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
I am so excited about this series coming out!!!!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
Super exciting news! I'm usually very sceptical about books being turned into a good tv series, but this is just getting better and better.. WOW :)
Congratulations on signing such great actors George!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)

I was HOPING that Sean wasn't just rumor!
Jul. 20th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)

my wife is fan of Sean Bean.

After this, i think another HUGE fan of your work will be born!

Jul. 20th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
OMG - it`s sucha good news
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
I can see Cate Blanchett as Cersei.. probably a bit out of HBO's league though (not that I know anything about such things mind you :P)

Can't think of anyone else that has that ethereal but totally bitchy vibe that Cate can pull off.
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
Very glad to see that news confirmed. Excellent casting for Ned. :)
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
Wow Sean Bean <3 That is an awesome choice.

I'm sure the others are great also however I am not familiar with them yet. *excited*
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)
Oh. My. God.

I was hoping for James Purefoy as Ned. Sean Bean never occurred to me. Oh my God. He's going to be *amazing*! And Mark Addy's going to be fantastic as Rob. Wow, what a cast you're getting!

HOORAY! Congratulations!
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Great news! The rumors were definitely swirling, but it always pays to be cautious about it -- not least because the surprise is all the greater when they turn out to be true.
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
I'm ridiculously excited over the news of Sean Bean playing Ned.
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