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Sean Bean Plays A Game Of Thrones
Joins epic fantasy HBO series

20 July 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Sean Bean has signed up to star in A Game of Thrones for HBO, the first in the Song of Ice And Fire series of novels by George RR Martin, which the channel is adapting for the screen. He's set to play the lead, Eddard Stark, with Mark Addy said to be on the verge of signing on as King Robert Baratheon of Westeros.

The tricksy-turny series starts as the King and his family come to visit the Starks' home. Eddard is pressurised by his old friend Robert to return South with him and act as the King's adviser - something that Robert's in-laws, the Lannister family, are unlikely to take kindly to.

Add in a spot of conspiracy, incest, child murder, corruption, conspiracy and conspiracy - not to mention 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 from...something and the prospect of a winter lasting several years on its way, and you've got a fantasy with little or no magic but a heck of a lot of intrigue. Think Deadwood with broadswords and maybe - maybe - less swearing.

Kit Harrington (from WarHorse, on the London stage) will play Jon Snow, Stark's bastard son*; Jack Gleeson (the fear-afflicted little boy in Batman Begins) will play Robert's cowardly son, Prince Joffrey; and Harry Lloyd (Will Scarlett in TV's Robin Hood) will play Viserys, the dethroned crown prince now in exile and manoeuvering his child sister into a marriage that could restore his fortunes. Peter Dinklage is already aboard as Tyrion Lannister, the sinister and deformed brother-in-law of the King.

Tom McCarthy is directing from a script by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. If it's half as good as the books, it's going to be ace - and on the strength of this cast, it's going to deliver. Colour us excited.

Or is he? It's one of those series.


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Great news
This is going to be glorious. Top notch cast and its being done by HBO. Its about as good as it gets. More

Posted by jaw827 at 23:58 on 01 January 2010 | Report This Post

Woo!
Woo! More

Posted by Pixaroholic at 15:58 on 22 July 2009 | Report This Post

so sean bean
will he start off as a good guy and become a bad guy? More

Posted by funtasticrich at 07:34 on 21 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Song of Who and Whatnow?
L: elab49 If you don't mind possibly slightish spoilers, there is a thread on the books (started by someone who hadn't read them but was thinking about it) in the Books forumote] Actually, I started the thread, and I had read them. More

Posted by mafyou at 18:44 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Song of Who and Whatnow?
If you don't mind possibly slightish spoilers, there is a thread on the books (started by someone who hadn't read them but was thinking about it) in the Books forum More

Posted by elab49 at 18:29 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

Song of Who and Whatnow?
Speaking for the uninitiated, what's it all about and why should we be bothered and will it be worth putting up with *heh* Sean Bean's *heh* out of breath *heh* acting style? More

Posted by The_Hat at 17:57 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

Winter is Coming
and I'm so excited, I might do a little wee. Just hope GRRM gets round to finished Dance With Dragons, please. More

Posted by Hol5x at 17:56 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

Song of Who and Whatnow?
Speaking for the uninitiated, what's it all about and why should we be bothered and will it be worth putting up with *heh* Sean Bean's *heh* out of breath *heh* acting style? More

Posted by The_Hat at 17:51 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

winter is coming motherfuckers! (i'm a little bit excited about this) More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 17:26 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

Woof! More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 17:25 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

will we ever get our book
ok, i am very happy to see a Song of Ice and Fire make it's way to the not-quite-so-big screen, but i just hope this extra side line doesn't mean George RR Martin sees this as another excuse to get distracted and basically put the rest of the series on ice for the foreseeable. i have to admit i'd trade in this entire TV series ,and anything TV related, for the next book in the series. And given i refuse to pay for any of his other works while he sits on his arse and neglects the series, i'd have More

Posted by Carrot Cake at 12:18 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Sean Bean Plays A Game Of Thrones
This has massively brightened up my Monday. I haven't been this happy since the very same Mr Bean was cast as Boromir. He's perfect for the part and I'm glad this is being made into a series as it's far too complex to work as a film. Wahey!! More

Posted by hit_or_miss_me at 11:55 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

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