The writer of the popular TV blog Televisionary recently had a chance to watch the pilot of Game of Thrones. In a recent post, he mentions the Dany recasting news and drops in his thoughts on the pilot.
The Chicago Tribune‘s Maureen Ryan is reporting that British actress Emilia Clarke (Doctors) has stepped into the role of Daenerys on HBO’s upcoming fantastic series Game of Thrones, replacing Tamzin Merchant, who left the project. Production will begin in July with reshoots scheduled for the pilot episode, which featured several actors who have since left the project, including Merchant and Jennifer Ehle. [Editor: I watched the original Game of Thrones pilot last week and was blown away. HBO has knocked it out of the park with this one.]
Winter Is Coming: Ok, first off, I am now extremely jealous of Jace, who runs Televisionary. As far as I know, he is the first member of the press to see the pilot. If HBO ever feels like they need another blogger to screen the pilot, I’d be happy to oblige …
But seriously, the fact that Jace was “blown away” and that he is saying HBO “knocked it out of the park” is a very good sign. Jace is a well-respected blogger that has watched a ton of shows so for him to heap such superlative praise on a rough cut of a pilot is a good sign.
As to the “several” parts that have been recast, I’m hoping it was just awkward phrasing and he means that only the two roles we already know about have been recast. Would hate to have to hear of another recasting. I will try to clarify what he meant with that statement.
UPDATE: Televisionary tweeted that as far as he knows only those two roles have been recast and that his awkward phrasing was due to a lack of sleep. Whew! Crisis averted.
UPDATE (05/30/10): The Rabbit asked Televisionary, “I know it would be pretty subjective, but can you say who was the most impressive among the cast?” Televisionary replied: Lena Headey, Sean Bean, Harry Lloyd, Peter Dinklage all great. Kit Harington very strong as Jon Snow. A great cast overall.
Good to hear! Thanks, Wabbit!
[Thanks to The_Rabbit for the link!]