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.
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.
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.
Although there’s no news on the casting front, HBO Game of Thrones pilot production continues to move forward. Production offices have been established in Belfast, according to George R. R. Martin, although production has been moved back two weeks to begin October 26th which is a move GRRM hinted at during Worldcon. He also expects a few more roles to be cast this week, leaving open the possibility that with a critical mass of unannounced casting decisions there may soon be an announcement from HBO.
GRRM’s having fun by releasing more hints about the casting. He does indicate most people have figured out one of the clues, indicating two of the roles belong to the children; he further adds that those actors are not listed in IMDB although a number of individuals in there share their name. He also states that casting continues, now aimed for actors to fill smaller roles.
George R. R. Martin dropped some hints regarding the the five roles cast so far, and hard on that revealed that a sixth was cast. The hints are quite obscure, but they’ve lead fans to speculate quite thoroughly. As for the sixth role cast, we do know that Daenerys had been narrowed down to three parts recently, and it may be that they have made their choice and struck the appropriate deal with the actress.
Thanks to Blue Rose, we’ve a fasicnating account of some details surrounding the HBO pilot. Chief among them are the leaks concerning actors cast in roles, which appear to largely have been against HBO’s wishes, as well as some thoughts on the prospects of the series, the effect HBO’s going forward might have on book sales, and the difficulty of casting so many series regulars for a pilot episode for a series where characters might go a whole season unused.
When asked about whether or not Daenerys has been cast, GRRM said that they’ve got it down to three possibilities, each with strengths and weaknesses. He pointed out that it’s all very well to describe Daenerys as “the most beautiful woman in the world” but it does make it quite difficult to cast her.
Thanks to Sophelia for reporting that!
Hot off of George R.R. Martin’s reading and Q&A session at Worldcon, we learn that besides confirming that Jaime Lannister has been cast, GRRM has also said that Theon Greyjoy has been cast. However, as before, GRRM could provide no more information, as it’s up to HBO to release full details.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss dropped by the A Song of Ice and Fire forum to tease the fact that in the last week five roles have been cast; Jaime Lannister must be one of the five, by the sounds of it, and perhaps Daenerys Targaryen as well despite conflicting information on that. However, they add that they have no say as to when information will be released; all they can say with certainty is that it will be soon. Obviously, it’ll be up to HBO to decide when to release this information.
Word just arrived that Theon Greyjoy has also been cast, as we’ve reported here.
On the heels of our report of Daenerys Targaryen being cast, at the Worldcon in Montreal GRRM has privately told fans that Jaime Lannister has also been cast. However, he would not divulge the name of the actor selected for the role.
Thanks to Adam Whitehead who pointed this one out, the actress Natalie Victoria was informed that there were no more auditions for the role of Daenerys Targaryen because HBO has already filled the role. She adds that she was told HBO would not announce the actress who landed the role for a “few weeks”.
It should be noted that GRRM has stated that the role being cast would be news to him. This leaves several possibilities, such as an actress currently being negotiated with to take the part leading to the suspension of auditions for the time being, or that Ms. Victoria was misinformed.
The Hollywood Reporter reports (and GRRM now confirms) that BAFTA and Tony Award-winning British actress Jennifer Ehle (perhaps best known for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC’s acclaimed Pride and Prejudice) has been cast as Catelyn Stark. GRRM notes that there’s even more news that THR has not scooped him on as of yet, however, so it seems probable more roles have been cast but not yet announced.
George R. R. Martin teases that he has some cool information concerning the HBO pilot which he can’t divulge, but he might possibly drop some hints at Worldcon. It’s probable that this news is further casting confirmations. A number of significant roles remain to be filled—Catelyn Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, the Lannister twins—and it seems likely that some or all of these may now be locked down.
Although Game of Thrones is not directly mentioned, The Hollywood Reporter has notes from HBO’s most recent press tour that concern its current success and the outlook for future development. HBO’s development pipeline is described as “full” and that it will give HBO some “tough choices in coming months”. Some shows discussed as possible competitors to Game of Thrones—Treme and Boardwalk Empire—are both either greenlit or very likely to be greenlit at this stage, however, and so don’t fall into the “tough choices” category.
The good news is that HBO’s current offerings have been very successful, especially the vampire series True Blood which has pulled down the best ratings the cable network has had since The Sopranos. HBO says that while they don’t have more money for developing shows in the past, they still have “enviable” amounts to be able to produce what they feel like producing. Giving that their budgets in the past have stretched to cover expensive shows such as Band of Brothers, Rome, and the yet-to-air The Pacific, this is certainly positive news regarding whether HBO has the wherewithal to afford a show like Game of Thrones.