The fact sheet has quite a lot to absorb, so here’s the highlights in terms of new actors and crew that we’ve not heard of before today.
Lets start with new crew. First up, two new directors of photography have been named. Marco Pontecorvo and Alik Sakharov are both veterans of past HBO productions, particularly Rome. Pontecorvo recently made a mark as a director for the film Pa-ra-da, which garnered him several awards as well, while the Russian-born Sakharov received an Emmy for his cinemtaography on during the Rome episode titled “Passover”.
Joining them on the production side are a few new directors. For us, the most notable is Alan Taylor, an HBO go-to guy with many HBO productions under his belt, as well episodes of shows as diverse as Lost, Mad Men, and Nurse Jackie; he won an Emmy for his direction of a Sopranos episode, and has several other noms from the Director’s Guild Awards. The other new director named is Daniel Minahan, another go-to guy who’s directed episodes of Deadwood, Big Love, and a notable five episodes on True Blood.
Production designer Gemma Jackson and costume designer Michele Clapton remain on board with the production, which is very good to see. Though we’ve known this for a good while, I’ll note that the fact sheet confirms that the writing breakdown remains the same: executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write seven of the episodes, while Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson (of Buffy and BSG fame), and George R.R. Martin will write one episode each.
Of note for the production? Morocco is out—something George hinted may be a possibility a long while ago—and instead it looks like the second location for shooting will be Malta. Malta, rich in scenery—especially medieval castles, walls, ports, and so on—and a spare beauty will doubtless serve for shots of Pentos and the like, and will be an excellent locale if the series goes forward to a second or third season
And following the production teams and notes? The actors. Oh, boy, the actors. There’s so many of them!
The most significant additions to the list must be James Cosmo as the Old Bear, Jeor Mormont, a casting George revealed which is not yet on the fact sheet (see here for two other roles GRRM has confirmed). After that, it sure looks like Jerome Flynn as Bronn (Official Site) is the most noteworthy casting choice.
After that are the guest cast, which makes up the bulk of new additions to the casting rolls. I’m just going to paste them all below:
Josef Altin as Pyp (Photo)
Gethin Anthony as Renly Baratheon (More Info (PDF with headshot))
Ciaran Bermingham as Mord (Photo)
Susan Brown as Septa Mordane (Photo)
Dominic Carter as Janos Slynt (Photo, on the right side)
Antonia Christophers as Mhaegen (Photo; this is not a new role. According to George, this is the mother of Barra, one of the king’s illegitimate children, who appears in A Game of Thrones. She was unnamed in the novel, and has received a name here.)
Kate Dickie as Lysa Arryn (Photo)
Emun Elliott as Marillion (Photo)
Lino Facioli as Robin Arryn (More info and photo; as GRRM remarks, little Robert Arryn has been renamed to Robin for the series, presumably to prevent confusion with King Robert.)
Jefferson Hall as Ser Hugh of the Vale (Photo)
Rhodri Hosking as Mycah (Photo on front page)
Margaret John as Old Nan (Photo)
Dermot Keaney as Gared (Photo)
Francis Magee as Yoren (Photo)
Brendan McCormack as Ser Vardis Egan
Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister (Photo; we reported on this probable casting earlier)
Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon (Photo)
Thanks to the Rabbit for digging up so many cast photos!