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Official: Rory McCann as the Hound

George R. R. Martin has confirmed that the Hound will be played by Scottish actor Rory McCann. While this wall but certain shortly after GRRM’s clues were cracked, it took until today for there to be an official confirmation from HBO, by way of Jay Tomio of BSC Review. GRRM goes on to add why McCann was selected over other actors, citing both his imposing size, physicality, and his terrific readings.

BBC Report on Belfast Filming

The BBC has released a two-part news feature covering various angles of the filming of Your Highness in Northern Ireland. The film is currently being filmed at the Paint Hall studio where Game of Thrones will be primarily based. The video report includes discussion on the quality and variety of crews and independent businesses that can be drawn on for a production, and the first part of the feature mentions the HBO pilot in passing at the 2:15 mark.

Game of Thrones Sets Under Construction

Thanks to a tweet from Chris Martin of a Belfast-basd media company, we’ve been informed that the sets for HBO’s Game of Thrones pilot are currently being built at Belfast’s Paint Hall facility. In a follow up to a question from us, he confirmed that the sets were being built in a different area from where Your Highness, a medieval fantasy comedy, is currently filming.

Small Casting Update

George R. R. Martin provides a small update on the progress of HBO’s Game of Thrones pilot. Most notably, he indicates two significant roles remain uncast as well as some more minor roles, as well as his intention to fly to Ireland to witness some of the filming. He hopes to hold signing events in Belfast and Dublin while he’s there, although dates for his trip and the signings are not currently finalized.

Pilot Update

In the course of an update on multiple fronts, George R. R. Martin discussed the latest news on the pilot for HBO’s Game of Thrones adaption. One more secondary role has been cast, and an actor is being offered another role. Besides that, another role that was already cast and intended for the pilot has been written out of it; however, the role (with a “world-class thespian” already attached to it) will appear later if the pilot goes to series.

Cast Overview Montage

Thanks to the pointer from Adam Whitehead of the Wertzone, we wanted to share this photo montage of nearly all the currently-cast actors. It’s a good selection of pictures. The only actor missing that comes to mind is Rory McCann, who has not yet been officially announced.

Still To Be Cast for Game of Thrones

After confirming the casting of Lena Headey as Queen Cersei in HBO’s pilot of Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin wen on to provide a list of characters still to be cast.

Lena Headey as Cersei

Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune has the exclusive news that Lena Headey has been cast as Queen Cersei, and is the last major role to be filled. Headey, now best known for her title role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, hs an extensive film and television background. Ryan cites the strong fan interest in the pilot, which she says is not at all the norm for a series that has not even started filming, much less received a season order. She shares the view of Time’s James PoniewozikRome.

Queen Cersei Cast

George R. R. Martin reveals that Cersei Lannister—arguably the last major adult role left to be cast for the HBO pilot of Game of Thrones (arguable, as some might note the importance of Khal Drogo in the grand scheme of things)—has been cast. As usual, he also provides some clues.

Another Hint

After the hints from the producers that Sandor Clegane, the Hound, has been cast, GRRM has been relatively quiet beyond mentioning that one role had been cast and that smaller roles were being cast such as “Unnamed Eunuch” and “Redheaded Whore”. Today, however, he posted a new clue: “Eat your porage and you’ll grow up big and strong.”

This almost certainly points to the Scottish actor Rory McCann, who has acted in films such as Oliver Stone’s Alexander. 6’6” tall, he is also known for this classic commercial for Scott’s Porage Oats.

Casting the Hound

According to this cheeky post from David Benioff and Dan Weiss, it seems very likely that, “Woof woof” indicates that the role of Sandor Clegane, known as the Hound, has been filled. There’s currently no information on who has been cast in the role.

New Casting Photos

Over at “Not a Blog”, George R. R. Martin has provided larger photos of Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, the two girls chosen to play the parts of Arya and Sansa Stark. George also provides some more information regarding their experience, with Williams having some theatrical credits while Turner has never been in any professional productions up to now.

Secret Seven Revealed

The “secret seven”, as George R. R. Martin dubbed the seven actors cast in seven roles he has been teasing, have now been revealed at the Hollywood Reporter. Thanks to George’s clues over the last days, almost all the actors had been guessed at by fans at the A Song of Ice and Fire forums and the Winter is Coming blog. GRRM is posting information about each actor a Not a Blog.

Hints on the Seventh Role

George is at it again, following Benioff and Weiss’s remark of “another day, another knight”. It seems the seventh member of the cast is playing a knight, and he has been in some historical film(s) with the actor who plays Jaime.

Another Role Cast

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have popped to tease that another role has been cast for the Game of Thrones pilot. As GRRM previously mentioned Ser Rodrik Cassel as one among a number of minor roles that were still being cast, it seems very possible that that’s the role that has been filled. It may also be that one of the Kingsguard who accompany Robert, Ser Boros Blount or Ser Meryn Trant, has been cast; although those roles are without lines in the pilot script, from what I have heard.