Irish actor Peter O’Meara, best known for his appearance in HBO’s Band of Brothers, name dropped Game of Thrones in a recent interview. In response to a question about his “new years wish”, here is what O’Meara said:
Well, it may involve a Game of Thrones. Nothing definite but my fingers are certainly crossed.
Winter Is Coming: This sounds like more than just hoping to get a role in the series. It sounds like he has been promised a role if HBO picks up the show. It is possible he read for a role in the pilot, didn’t get it, but they liked him and want to bring him back as another character. Current fan speculation has him as a possible Edmure, or even Littlefinger.
If that is the case than O’Meara would be the second actor to have an informal casting agreement if the show gets picked up. Remember GRRM mentioned a “world-class thespian” who had been cast as a character in the pilot but was subsequently written out (most likely Pycelle). But, GRRM stated, that this character and actor would be back if the show got picked up.
If they are doing this sort of thing with regularity there is a chance that the casting search for the first season may not be as long as the one for the pilot. Assuming they get the green light in March they may be able to move quickly into filming.
EDIT: It seems the above quote is not entirely accurate. It was pulled from the article that maxlongstreet originally posted over at Westeros. That article listed the PRWeb article as its source. I linked to the source of the EarthTimes article in my post without fully reading the PRWeb article. For some reason EarthTimes completely changes the Game of Thrones quote around as the PRWeb article has a completely different quote.
Well, I love the David Benioff script for Game of Thrones. He’s a genius writer. His ‘City of Thieves’ is my favourite novel of the last ten years. If I have a career wish its to join the world of fire and ice he’s creating with HBO. Fingers crossed.
This quote makes it sound much more like O’Meara is a fan of Benioff, and possibly the books, and is just hoping to get a shot at appearing in the series. Not that he has already been promised a role.
[Via maxlongstreet of the Westeros forums]