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Old 07-20-2009, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Casting for HBO's "A Song of Fire and Ice"

They just released the casting info for HBO's adaptation of George RR Martin's Song of Fire and Ice series on Aintitcool.com.

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Sean Bean to ascend 'Thrones'
Cast as lead in HBO's adaptation of the book series

By Borys Kit and Nellie Andreeva

July 19, 2009, 11:00 PM ET

Sean Bean has nabbed the lead in "Game of Thrones," HBO's adaptation of the George R.R. Martin fantasy-book series. Tom McCarthy is directing; David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who wrote the screenplay, are executive producing.

Mark Addy is in final negotiations to also join the production. Kit Harrington, Jack Gleeson and Harry Lloyd also have come aboard.

The books revolves around a battle among seven kingdoms and between two ruling families for control of the Iron Throne, the possession that ensures survival through a 40-year winter to come.

Bean will play Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark, known for his sense of honor and justice, who becomes closest adviser to King Robert (Addy).

Harrington will play Jon Snow, Bean's bastard son, and Lloyd will play Viserys, a powerless ruler who seeks to marry off his sister to a powerful king. Gleeson will play Joffrey, King Robert's son.

Peter Dinklage also is in the cast for the production, which is in the pilot stage and begins shooting in October in Ireland.

Guymon Casady, Carolyn Strauss, Vincent Gerardis and Martin also are executive producing.

"Thrones" marks the latest fantasy epic-style production for Bean. He recently wrapped shooting on "Percy Jackson & the Olympians," an adaptation of Rick Riordan's children's book. Bean, repped by CAA, also has "Black Death," a supernatural thriller set during England's first bubonic plague, in postproduction.
I took a look at images of the actors and I have to say I love them. Sean Bean looks how I would see Ned Stark looking, very hard and cold (with a good beard). I like the casting of Mark Addy as King Robert, I think he could play the part of the aging fat king Robert.

I couldn't find pictures of Kit Harrington (who plays Jon Snow), but I hope he looks the part, as Snow is one of favorite characters. I *really* want to know who plays Tyrion as he is by far my favorite character. Anyone else going to be glued to your TV sets when this comes out?

Here's hoping that it doesn't come out like the "Sword of Truth" series did.
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The mean book writer from Elf is Tyrion... Peter Dinklage

I can't find anything on Kit Harrington either.

---------- Post added at 01:56 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:53 PM ----------

Supposedly, these are him:

Kit Harington at United Agents
Albert Narracott (Kit Harington) and Sergeant Thunder (Howard Ward)
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Fred Flintstones as Robert and Boromir as Ned? Seriously though, I imagined Robert to be taller and bigger.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've got to plead ignorance here - I didn't recognize a single capitalized name in the O.P., except for HBO.

Further research indicates that it will be a series, with each book in the series comprising one season's episodes.

Like I said, I'm not familiar with the series, but if HBO is considering devoting seven years of hour-long programming to it, I can't see a reason not to at least buy a copy of A Game of Thrones.

Don't everyone get their hopes up, though - it's tough to envision HBO seeing this all the way through - let's not forget how they abandoned Deadwood, Rome, and John From Cincinatti, and replaced them with clunkers like Eastbound and Down and Hung.

HBO has a lot of work ahead of them to regain the reputation they had a few years ago.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is a great series...I can't wait to see what HBO does with them.
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Like I said, I'm not familiar with the series, but if HBO is considering devoting seven years of hour-long programming to it, I can't see a reason not to at least buy a copy of A Game of Thrones.
If you like fantasy at all, you will love this series. Pick of a game of thrones and give it a read. I place it at the the top 3 greatest epic fantasy stories and my favorite series of all time.
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The ONLY thing that's in any way bad about the series is that it's not done and Book 5 is giving the author a world of trouble, though he claims he's making some good progress recently. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

I decided to go ahead and reread the series and am about done with A Game of Thrones. It's just as enjoyable as I remembered and I'd quickly recommend it to anyone. A quick word of warning, though: this is hard R rated fantasy. Martin is graphic and unrelenting, so don't dive in expecting your standard swords and sorcery fluff.

On his blog he's teasing that there's more HBO pilot news but won't tell us yet. Hopefully soon!
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Old 08-03-2009, 08:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Odd that we didnt see any women casted yet. Some of those characters are going to be TOUGH to cast. Foremost, Daenerys and Cersei. Given Daenerys incredible exotic and incredible beauty its going to be tough and to be honest, not a single name comes to mind for her.
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Old 08-03-2009, 08:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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She's a little old for the part and I'm not sure she has the acting chops to support it, but Alexis Bledel is the only person I can come up with for Dany. I'm not really sure how much they're going to keep the violence, nudity and sex, but obviously her role is going to be very high on the sex range which may eliminate basically any actress that's her age.

I don't have any good ideas for Cersei at the moment. Charlize Theron?
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:09 AM   #10 (permalink)
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In another HBO casting, Jennifer Ehle has been added to the pilot "Game of Thrones." as Catelyn Stark

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Old 10-22-2009, 05:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The Daily Beast wrote a little piece on the HBO miniseries.
The Next Nerd Obsession - Page 1 - The Daily Beast

Apparently it begins shooting this month. Disagree with a lot of the casting though. I can see the queen from 300 as Cersei but who they have as Dany is way off from what I have in my mind.
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HBO officially ordered a whole season... 10 episodes. w00t!

from the The New York Times:


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If you’ve been jonesing for an epic fantasy to help fill the gap between Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies and the maybe-someday remake of “Dune,” HBO may have just rolled the saving throw you needed.

On Tuesday, the cable channel announced that it had officially ordered “Game of Thrones,” a new series based on George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novels. The best-selling book franchise, which began in 1996 with “A Game of Thrones,” chronicles the dynastic conflicts among several families on the mythical continent of Westeros.

The principal cast of the HBO series, which will run 10 episodes, features no less than 17 cast members, including Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Ehle, Iain Glen and Lena Headey, as well as Tamzin Merchant (of “Pride and Prejudice”) as the heroine Daenerys Targaryen.

HBO said that the pilot episode of the series was written by David Benioff (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) and D.B. Weiss (the author of “Lucky Wander Boy”), who are also among its executive producers. Production on the series is to begin in Belfast in June; a premiere date has not yet been set. Meanwhile, Mr. Martin should have plenty of time to finish writing the last two books in what he has said is a seven-book series.
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Nice. I suppose this means I should keep reading!
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Here's hoping that it doesn't come out like the "Sword of Truth" series did.
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I don't know the book series.. but at least you know that HBO picked it up.. they're good at series.. except for things like ROME and Carnival!
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I don't know the book series.. but at least you know that HBO picked it up.. they're good at series.. except for things like ROME and Carnival!

I hope you're kidding.

Rome was amazing.
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Rome was MEH for me.

:shrug: to each their own..


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Old 06-23-2010, 12:49 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Recent casting additions:

Roy Dotrice as Grand Maester Pycelle



Kristian Nairn as Hodor

(From GRRM: "And hey, I'm told that Kristian has already memorized all his dialogue for the entire season!" )

And Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers



Also, Tamzin Merchant is out as Dany...GRRM seemed to really like her, so I guess that was HBO's call? The New Dany is Emilia Clarke:

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Old 06-23-2010, 08:24 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I saw this short promo (short being the operative word) posted on another forum I frequent:

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Old 06-24-2010, 05:33 AM   #20 (permalink)
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For Cersei I see Tilda Swinton or Cate Blanchette, but if they're too expensive, perhaps Anna Torv from Fringe or Marg Helgenberger. They all do icy well.

I wonder how much of the story HBO will pare down. Martin is one of those fantasy writers who seems to have a pathological mania for adding new characters. Almost every new chapter brings a new house complete with lords, ladies, ancestors, servants, knights, cooks, squires...

I mean, he's not as bad as Robert Jordan was with his epic rolls of Innkeepers but still...
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It will have to be pared down. Pretty much any novel must be pared down for the screen, but in Martin's case, we have a work that's based on (celebrated for) both complex plots and multiple viewpoints.

I just hope they're tactful about it and that they capture the spirit. I hope they have similar success as they did with the Lord of the Rings. None of this stuff can be pulled off flawlessly, and you can't please everyone.

When is the release date? I see 2010....

[Edit: I see Spring 2011: HBO Encouraged By 'Game Of Thrones': Network programming chief Michael Lombardo says the dailies look 'fantastic']

As an aside, we will see the guy playing Kahl Drogo be Conan next year:
Conan (2011)
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Thank god I have a lunch break so I can change my pants. AWESOME.
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I am worried about how much of the series will have to be removed due to the depth of the books and characters, I just doubt that it will come close to how good the books are.
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I am worried about how much of the series will have to be removed due to the depth of the books and characters, I just doubt that it will come close to how good the books are.
It's going to be bound to the same challenges always faced with filming literature. But keep in mind: this is a 10-episode miniseries of one book.

It's not supposed to be the book. It's supposed to be an HBO miniseries. Direct comparisons never work. Just hope it's a good miniseries.
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:27 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I've been waiting for this for four years. I -will- be buying HBO for this.
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I KNOW I'm going to be sitting there going "that's not what happened!" But I'll be alternating between saying that and "fuck, that was AWESOME!"
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I won't even be thinking about the book. I'm going to see what HBO has made in all its glory.
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Feast your eyes and ears on this 10-minute clip!



Try this one if the above one doesn't work:

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Old 12-20-2010, 07:44 PM   #31 (permalink)
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There are rumours floating around that season 2 has got a green light...

http://winter-is-coming.net/2010/12/...inue-to-mount/

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This sounds similar to info we have from writer Bryan Cogman, who mentioned that the plan is for them to immediately begin scripting and planning for season two. The word is this is being done whether they ultimately get a green light or not, to allow for quick transition into filming if (when?) the green light comes. But it seems more and more likely that an early green light may be forthcoming. At the very least, an “amber light” situation could be developing, where HBO has given the green light to the production crew but will not announce it officially until the show begins airing.

But why such a quick turnaround? We had heard a while ago that HBO wanted to get an earlier start to production for season two. The assumption was so they would have time to film a 12-episode season to allow for a proper adaptation of the slightly-longer A Clash of Kings. Starting a few weeks earlier this time around, say mid June instead of late July, would allow for that. But now it seems they want to start much earlier than would be necessary if the only reason was to have time to film two additional episodes. But why? I have a theory.

Big Love will be airing their final season starting this Jan. Game Of Thrones and Treme, two of HBO’s biggest dramas, will be airing concurrently in the spring. Not an ideal situation. My speculation is that HBO is lining up season two (and subsequent seasons, hopefully) of Game Of Thrones to replace Big Love on their schedule. This would mean that HBO’s four biggest dramas would air year-round, True Blood (Summer), Boardwalk Empire (Fall), Game Of Thrones (Winter), and Treme (Spring). A great incentive for HBO subscribers to stay subscribed all year long.
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The best 'Game of Thrones' trailer yet -- EXCLUSIVE | Inside TV | EW.com

Follow this link to what it arguably the best trailer for the series yet to be released.

I've watched it about ten times now. The more I see it, the more I'm convinced that they've done a spectacular job with the casting. It looks fantastic. Check it out!

April 17th!
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Wow, definitely a fantastic job. I thought it was going to be a movie. Perhaps its better as a series so long as they get the proper funding (which is looks like they are with the actors they've got). Since they'll have more time in a series and, well, its a long ass story and probably couldn't fit into a book. Its probably what they should have done with Avatar instead of that fiasco.
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They've set a date for the next book, A Dance With Dragons!

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Huge 'Game of Thrones' news: 'Dance With Dragons' publication date revealed! -- EXCLUSIVE
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Are you ready for the biggest fantasy news since HBO decided to make a TV show called Game of Thrones?

The next book in George R.R. Martin’s bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series has a publication date.

Yes, we swear, after waiting six long years since the release of the last novel in the saga, the fabled Book 5 A Dance With Dragons is close enough to being finished* for Martin’s publisher to set a release date. We have that date, exclusively, along with a first look at the book’s cover art and an interview with the man himself.

A Dance With Dragons will be published by Bantam on July 12, 2011. The manuscript is huge — the publisher estimates the hardcover edition will run more than 900 pages, putting it about the same length as the longest book in the series, A Storm of Swords. Schedule your summer vacation accordingly.

Plus, if that weren’t enough, there’s a new HBO Game of Thrones trailer out today that’s exclusive to EW — full-length, new footage (The Wall!) and slightly NSFW.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What took so long?
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: I’m not sure I have a good answer. If I did, I would have taken less time. It’s enormous. It’s as long as A Storm of Swords. It’s very complicated. I have a lot of characters and points of view. And I’ve been doing a ton of rewriting, trying to get it where I wanted it to be. Some of these chapters I’ve rewritten more times than I can count before I’m satisfied with them.

Can you tease something from the book?
I don’t want to spoil any surprises. I can say all the characters people have been waiting for are there: Daenerys, Jon Snow, and Tyrion. There’s also new characters, and viewpoints from characters who did not have viewpoints before.

For more of Martin’s interview — where he compares Dragons to the previous four books, and weighs in on the HBO adaptation — pick up this week’s print edition of Entertainment Weekly.

*That the author is still writing might worry some longtime fans (giving Martin a deadline is a bit like making a photo request of J.D. Salinger) but his publisher assures us the date is firm. Winter, and A Dance With Dragons, is coming.
Huge 'Game of Thrones' news: 'Dance With Dragons' publication date revealed! -- EXCLUSIVE | Shelf Life | EW.com
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Is anyone going to be watching the 15 minute preview of the 1st ep this sunday? I know I will be there.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:18 PM   #39 (permalink)
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I've been watching the menus for the food cart, I'm cooking some of them for my GoT viewing party.
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I'm generally impressed with the casting. In the case of Gregor Clegane, it was probably quite the chore, and to get an actual match would have been impossible if not even worth it.

The actor playing "The Mountain That Rides" is 7' 5" tall, when the character is actually about 7' 11" tall and some 420 lbs. I imagine they chose this guy for his build, looks, and ability to play the character without coming across as a flake.

And, you know, the camera adds pounds. And filming techniques can make people look taller. They only need to account for a missing half foot in height.

Still, 7' 5" is impressive. To give you an idea, below is a reference:

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