David Benioff and Dan Weiss dropped by the A Song of Ice and Fire forum to answer some questions and to offer some information concerning the location, ages of characters, and casting ... and a sneak peek, as well, at the first and last lines of the pilot script.
From David and Dan:
Thanks again to everyone who has posted their casting suggestions and a special thanks to our excellent hosts here on the board for their synopses, which save us a great deal of time. It is encouraging to see that our actor/character ideas often match those of the board, and it is helpful to learn about a whole slew of actors we weren’t familiar with before.
The age of the actors is a significant issue; trust us that this is something we’ve discussed with George since our earliest conversations (well over two years ago). None of the characters will be radically aged.
The location has not yet been finalized, but we’re getting close. With any luck, George will be giving you an answer to that question before the end of the year, or very early in 2009.
Shooting dates have also not been determined yet. We’re impatient, too, but as you can imagine this is an elaborate production, with large sets to be built, a huge cast to be filled, etc.
For those who would like to send resumes, videos, etc.: we hope to have a casting director in place within the next month. When we do, we’ll let you know his/her name and where materials should be sent.
One last thing: our focus at the moment is on casting the pilot. So we’re only worried about characters who appear in the pilot. Just so you know the pilot parameters, here’s the first line of dialogue:
"We should start back."
And here’s the last line:
"The things I do for love."
We think you’re going to like it…