Richard Sharpe Actor Sean Bean will be joined by Lean Hedely of The Sarah Connor Chronicles fame, in HBO’s series ‘A games of Thrones’ based on popular ‘Song of Fire and Ice’ series of fantasy books by George RR Martin. Lean Hedley will be playing the role of queen Cersei Lannister.
They will be joining Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy, Jennifer Ehle, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Tamzin Merchant, and Iain Glen, as well as a few lesser known and completely unknown actors who have been confirmed for the pilot. No date has been set for the pilot as yet, and there is no promise that HBO will commit to a full series either, but with an impressive cast list headed up by Bean and Hedley, this project is definitely being taken seriously.
The strong cast is already creating excitement, but with some of the casting is still to be announced, including the unconfirmed but heavily rumoured casting of Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane.
The show is been adapted and produced by David Benioff and Dan Weiss. David has suggested a ‘crappy’ tagline for the project could be, “The Sopranos in Middle-earth”, which can only set the imagination racing. With plot elements that will contain spot of conspiracy, incest, child murder, corruption, conspiracy, a rival claimant to the throne across the sea, the still-festering legacy of a civil war 20 years before, a growing threat in the North and did I mention conspiracy?
Production of the pilot will begin in Northern Ireland in 26th October 2009, at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast and has the support of the northern Irish government. It is also likely that the BBC will have a financial involvement in the same way they did in HBO’s Rome series.
HBO has a strong history of producing great television drama, and with the strength of the source material, the cast and HBO’s pedigree. I think we can look forward to a truly exciting proposition.
by Jon Hunter