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Season three is now official. And you know what that means… time to talk casting! For those who may not have been around the past two years, what we like to do is offer up some top fan suggestions for some of the prominent roles in the upcoming season. We are wrong more often than not, but we have been known to get a few right (see: Littlefinger, Brienne).
For the season three casting speculation posts, we’re gonna kick things off with everybody’s favorite Night’s Watch deserter, Mance Rayder. The Wiki of Ice and Fire describes Mance as “a big man, long legged and lean, broad in the chest and shoulders. His once long brown hair is now gone mostly grey, laughter lines appear at the corner of his mouth.”
There have been many fan suggestions thrown around for the role of the King-Beyond-The-Wall. After the break, we’ll offer up some of the top choices. Feel free to debate these casting suggestions, or offer some of your own, in the comments below.
– James Purefoy has been a fan favorite for numerous roles in the series, mostly due to his wonderful turn as Marc Antony in HBO’s Rome
. He is easily the fans’ top choice for Mance, but is he a real possibility? Well, we know that Nina Gold has cast him before (always a plus), his schedule looks pretty clear right now and, lastly, he has gone on record
stating that he would like to appear on the show. So yes, I’d say there is a decent chance he could be cast and Mance would be a good role for him.
– Urban, a New Zealand-based actor, was another popular choice for Mance Rayder. Urban is best known for his roles as Eomer in Lord of the Rings
and Bones in Star Trek
. He would make a good Mance, but not only is he quite busy at the moment, he is quite busy doing big-time Hollywood films. I don’t see him ignoring his burgeoning film career to take a supporting role on a TV series (even if it is HBO). Sorry, Eomer and Bones fans.
Henry Ian Cusick
– Cusick is a Peruvian-born actor of Scottish descent. Cusick has a number of supporters, due to his role as Desmond Hume in LOST
. As a classically trained, theater actor, he fits HBO’s mold, however his schedule looks pretty booked. Cusick currently appears as a regular on ABC’s new show Scandal
, and I suspect that it will remain on the air for at least another season, effectively ruling him out as a candidate.
– Mikkelsen is another actor who has been mentioned for a number of roles since the series first began. He is probably best known for his supporting roles in King Arthur, Casino Royale, and Clash of the Titans. Hailing from Denmark, Mikkelson has a unique look that seems suited for Westeros, especially someone from the North. I can see him in any number of roles in this series, Mance included, however he, like Urban, has an active film career and it is unclear he would leave that to appear in a TV series.