It’s official. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Sean Bean will be playing Eddard Stark in the Game of Thrones pilot. They also mention that the roles of Jon, Viserys and Joffrey have been cast and that the role of Robert is almost filled. Update: You can read GRRM’s reactions to the casting news here.
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.
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.
Winter Is Coming: Well, looks like my source was right. Awesome news. We have our big name. Sean Bean is (most likely) the biggest star this production will have. He carries with him not only a big name, but also a sizable fan base that will help boost the ratings. Oh, and he is a terrific actor. And, of course, he was a fan favorite. Guess David and Dan weren’t lying when they said they would listen to our casting suggestions?
As to the others, Mark Addy is an interesting choice. I’m assuming it is more or less a done deal that he will be brought on. The thing I immediately recognized him from was his old network sitcom Still Standing, so it will be weird for me, seeing him in a medieval-fantasy drama (something you certainly can’t say of Bean). He was however in A Knight’s Tale so he is no stranger to period pieces.
Kit Harington, Jack Gleeson and Harry Lloyd are all essentially unknowns. I suspect we will see quite a few other unknowns by the time this casting is all said and done. In fact, with the exception of Catelyn, Jaime and Cersei, we probably will not have heard of any of the remaining cast. But we got Bean.