Emilia Clarke and Rose Leslie at the Game of Thrones Comic Con Panel
Several new casting choices for HBO's Games of Thrones were announced at Comic Con on Friday. These choices will appear in season 3 of the show, which is currently shooting, and will begin on March 13, 2013. Some of the bigger characters cast were The Queen of Thorns, The Blackfish, Meera and Jojen Reed, and Beric Dondarrion.
The biggest name out of the new cast is Diana Rigg, who will be playing Olenna Redwyne, the Queen of Thorns and matriarch of the House Tyrell. Rigg is best known for playing Emma Peel in the British 60's TV series 'The Avengers' (not to be confused with the Marvel comic). She seems a good choice for the role, which will require the portrayal of sharp wit and cunning.
Rigg in her 'Avengers' days. Yowza
Another recognizable name is Mackenzie Crook, who will be playing the role of Orell, the eagle-skinchanging wildling. You probably know him better as Gareth from the UK 'The Office'. He also played in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Seems a good choice for the wildling look.
What are you looking at?
Clive Russell will The Blackfish, Bryndon Tully, well-known knight and loving uncle of Cat Stark. Russell is an experienced actor who has recently played in the Sherlock Holmes films. He was also in the Antonio Banderas movie 'The 13th Warrior', which I loved. That always seemed like an underrated gem. He should wear the role well.
a gruff, scruff Clive Russell
Thoros of Myr, the red priest, will be played by Paul Kaye. Flaming sword and all. Think a less serious, male version of Melissandre.
Going along with Thoros, is Beric Dondarrion, the Lightning Lord. Like the energizer bunny he keeps going, and going, and going... He will be played by Richard Dormer (No relation to Natalie Dormer, who currently plays Margery Tyrell). Always likes this character.
Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion
The Reed siblings will play a large role in Bran's development, so their casting choices are key. Meera Reed will be played by Ellie Kendrick. She has played in 'Upstairs Downstairs' and the BBC miniseries 'The Diary of Anne Frank'. I like this choice. My only real gripe is that she doesn't have green eyes, one of the key features of the Reeds.
Jojen Reed, the character who teaches Bran about greenseeing, will be played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster. You probably know him as the little boy in the movies 'Love Actually' and 'Nanny McPhee'. He's a bit older now, and should play off of Bran well in the mentor role.
All in all a good job casting the roles. The production staff hasn't really let me down yet as most of the actors chosen for their respective roles so far have been fantastic.
Now all I have to do is wait 8 months for some new episodes :(