Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 69%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Martin Freeman Joins Captain America: Civil War
But which side will he be on?
Jason Momoa In Talks For The Magnificent Seven
While Byung-hun Lee is now aboard
Emily Blunt Will Be A Bronco Belle
Saddle up!
First Pic Of Chloë Sevigny And Kate Beckinsale In Love & Friendship
Whit Stillman reunion klaxon!
Alec Baldwin And More Voicing Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad
James Franco, Anjelica Huston, Heidi Klum and Omar Sy also aboard
Mark Strong, Jamie Bell And Abbie Cornish On For 6 Days
They'll star in the Iranian Embassy siege film
Jon M. Chu Plans An Escape
Producing Tze Chun's action adventure
Hercules Writer Heads For The Infinite Horizon
Ryan Condal adapting Odyssey comics
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
18 March 2015
Pixels Trailer Invades Our Screens
We're in an 8-bit of trouble
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Seventh Son (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Theory Of Everything (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Pompeii (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Cleanskin (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

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

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

submit to reddit

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.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Doctor Who: Matt Smith In Costume
It's the eleventh doctor and assistant!
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

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


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Film Studies 101: Being A Location Manager
Avengers: Age Of Ultron's Jamie Lengyel shares the tricks of the trade

10 Avengers: Age Of Ultron Secrets
Exclusive: Joss Whedon spills the beans on Empire's spoiler podcast

Updated! Stan Lee’s Marvel-lous Cameos – Now With Even More Cameos
From Daredevil to... Daredevil?

11 Of The Silliest Sesame Street Film Parodies
From Aveggies: Age Of Ultron to Big Birdman (and back again)

Podcast #158: Paul Bettany, Charlie Cox
The Vision vs. Daredevil

Richard Armitage Bids Farewell To The Hobbit
On goat-riding, keepsakes and saying goodbye to Thorin

Empire's Jurassic World Covers Unveiled
You're going to hear her roar

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire Digital Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)