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Coldplay drummer to cameo in Game of Thrones

Entertainment Weekly has reported that Coldplay drummer Will Champion will have a cameo role in season three of Game of Thrones as, shockingly, a drummer. He joins Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody as the second musician to cameo in Thrones this season. From James Hibberd:

You know your show is a big deal when you need to cast a drummer and Will Champion shows up.

The Coldplay musician will appear in the eagerly anticipated third season of the fantasy drama.

Here’s all we’re permitted to reveal about his part: Champion will play … a drummer!

It seems likely Champion got hooked up with the production via Emilia Clarke, who recently starred in Spike Island, which was produced by Champion and his fellow Coldplay bandmates.

Winter Is Coming: Awesome! I love how this show has become the “cool” show for celebrities to talk about and, now, have cameos in. Who else would you like to see in Thrones?

93 Comments

  • Awesome, I’ll kep my beady little eye out for him! I’d like to see Karl Pilkington wandering about aimlessly in the background or complaining about the ale in a pub or something.

    edit: Well done Jeff my boy!

  • A drummer ? Not even a Lute ? This guy is just a lucky fan, so he’ll
    make music with anything to be in the show :D

  • Grijnwaald:
    Awesome, I’ll kep my beady little eye out for him! I’d like to see Karl Pilkington wandering about aimlessly in the background or complaining about the ale in a pub or something.

    edit: Well done Jeff my boy!

    Karl would be freaking epic! Love to see him get into a argument with Joffrey!

  • I would actually wanna see two more musicians to show up:

    1 – “Alestorm”‘s Christopher Bowes
    He would perfectly fit into a role of some man of “The Brotherhood without Banners”.

    2 – Joakim Broden from “Sabaton”
    He’s manly, he’s tough, he kicks ass. The Swedish power metal-singer is The real deal when you need some wildling warrior.

    From the more-known stars I would really like to see Geoffrey Rush or Michael Rooket for some episodes/scenes. Would be nice…

  • I would love to see Thom Yorke worked in there somewhere, or basically anyone from Radiohead.

    Speaking of singers, has Tom o’ Sevens been cut? Come to think of it, most of the BWB is still uncast. We only have Thoros and Beric and Anguy.

  • Since it amounts to a glorified cameo, I would love to see them get a big name to play Oberyn Martell. Antonio Banderas?

    Patrick Stewart at Lord Randyll Tarly

    Monica Bellucci at Arianne Martell

  • As long as they don’t start casting actual roles based on actors liking the show rather than being right for the part. I’m still trying to scrub John Hodgeman’s appearance on Battlestar Gallactica from my brain.

  • Well, it will be interesting to see if he plays a BAD drummer (in the traditional sense of not playing well, not Michael Jackson “bad”), or if he will play well out of habit/ego. If recollection is correct, the band is supposed to be terrible sounding, and that can go many ways. It is a woman’s opinion that a good drummer can make a mediocre band sound good, but a bad drummer can make a good band sound mediocre.

  • “Coldplay drummer cameo”

    If this wasn’t Game of Thrones which I love and adore so much and can think of very little wrong, I’d say that was evidence that we had jumped the shark.

  • Prince should perform the “Purple Rains of Castamere”

    Maybe Prince can also cameo as one of the children of the forest!

  • Completely off topic….

    Secret State premieres this Wednesday, 7 November on Channel 4 (UK).

    It’s a political thriller starring Gabriel Byrne and many Game of Thrones actors like Charles Dance, Jamie Sives, Ralph Ineson and Stephen Dillane.

    Seriosuly brilliant cast.
    I’m getting that State of Play’ vibe from what I’ve read and that was such a brilliant mini-series.

    You can read more here at my post on SpTV.
    http://www.spoilertv.com/2012/11/secret-state-starring-gabriel-byrne.html

  • Cary Storm,

    I know what you mean…

    It sounds like some last grasp attempt to get ratings for a failing show, however, we all know it is just that so many people are fans that some of them are celebs that have the sway to get walk on roles!

  • Dr. Evil:
    I would actually wanna see two more musicians to show up:

    1 – “Alestorm”‘s Christopher Bowes
    He would perfectly fit into a role of some man of “The Brotherhood without Banners”.

    2 – Joakim Broden from “Sabaton”
    He’s manly, he’s tough, he kicks ass. The Swedish power metal-singer is The real deal when you need some wildling warrior.

    From the more-known stars I would really like to see Geoffrey Rush or Michael Rooket for some episodes/scenes. Would be nice…

    Jocke and Chris in GoT = Fandream coming true !

    “Any of the members from Blind Guardian as they are huge ASoIaF fans, writing multiple songs about the series.”

    Hell Yeah ! A VOICE IN THE DARK !

  • For my cameo of choice, a thought exercise:

    You are having a nightmare. Your student loan guy has stopped calling you, but is instead tracking you down, through a blizzard. You run as hard as your achingly frozen knees will take you, but every time you look back he seems to be gaining ground despite his leisurely pace and the fact that he is not wearing a coat. You reach a roaring fire in the middle of nowhere [don’t ask questions] and decide that you’d rather sit, survive, and have to talk to him instead of risking death to the cold. When he arrives, he calmly sits, opens a ledger, and says, “Misssster Aaaanderson…”

    Ladies and gentlemen: Hugo Weaving as Tycho Nestoris.

  • I am not a fan of Coldplay. However the recognition of popular culture can only improve the rating and thus prolonging the show.

  • T:
    Keith Richards as whoever the f— he wants to be.

    Keith Richards doesn’t even know who he is otherwise.

  • It’s too bad the red wedding was already filmed. I don’t know where else they could put him.

    But apparently he’s a fantastic musician, and plays tons of different instruments. Coldplay needed a drummer, so he learned to play drums. Before that, he’d done piano/guitar/violin/bass. And he sings as well.

  • To all those who say “too bad the RW has already been filmed, therefore he isn’t in that…”

    Note carefully that is says he will APPEAR, not when he’s doing the scenes, or if he has already shot them. He may have already done the shooting a few weeks back, but done a better job of keeping it quiet than some of the other featured extras.

    But then again, maybe he’s going to Iceland to shoot Frozen Transmuria stuff. Do they need a drummer up there? Maybe jamming with the Mance.

    Oh, and for whoever said Robert Plant as Mance Rayder – that’s the best call I’ve heard in ages, I’d give my left cliché to see that. Don’t even care if he can’t act. Or Jimmy Page, if Plant’s too busy.

    Karl Pilkington. Give him a cameo in an inn somewhere. Can’t actually act, but would need to just hang out and be himself. Wouldn’t even need to write lines for him, just let him talk.

  • Brian:
    It’s too bad the red wedding was already filmed. I don’t know where else they could put him.

    But apparently he’s a fantastic musician, and plays tons of different instruments. Coldplay needed a drummer, so he learned to play drums. Before that, he’d done piano/guitar/violin/bass. And he sings as well.

    He has probably finished shooting already, so I think he’ll be in that scene you mentioned. I believe this is just a late casting announcement. Most of the minor roles aren’t revealed until the season airs.

  • I hope he’s not the “boom, doom”-guy. If so, it would take away a little from the scene I think, when many will go “Oh, look! The Coldplay drummer!” and “blablabla he is in thrones, OMG!” while the scene continues.

  • joaquin:
    Valyrian_eyes,

    Justin Bieber for boy crucified on the way to Yunkai.

    Maybe a LITTLE over the top there, but wasn’t there a pretty boy named Satin? Yeah, Justin Bieber to play Satin at the Wall who fights off the wildlings…He he he…

  • Jacarb:
    For my cameo of choice, a thought exercise:

    You are having a nightmare. Your student loan guy has stopped calling you, but is instead tracking you down, through a blizzard. You run as hard as your achingly frozen knees will take you, but every time you look back he seems to be gaining ground despite his leisurely pace and the fact that he is not wearing a coat. You reach a roaring fire in the middle of nowhere [don’t ask questions] and decide that you’d rather sit, survive, and have to talk to him instead ofrisking death to the cold. When he arrives, he calmly sits, opens a ledger, and says, “Misssster Aaaanderson…”

    Ladies and gentlemen: Hugo Weaving as Tycho Nestoris.

    This could work. A woman approves.

  • Shame he has already been cast & seen – but Karl Pilkington as Dolorous Ed would have been perfection.

  • It’s too late now but it would have made my year to find out that Mumford and Sons had been cast as the minstrels in a certain gallery!!

    And talking of minstrels, how easily would Ian Anderson have fitted in ANYWHERE!?

  • NewJeffCT:
    Since it amounts to a glorified cameo, I would love to see them get a big name to play Oberyn Martell.Antonio Banderas?

    Patrick Stewart at Lord Randyll Tarly

    Monica Bellucci at Arianne Martell

    Dear God, Monica Belluci is 50 years old!!!

  • I would love to see Clancy Brown involved in the show. Anyone that has a range between Mr. Krabs and Brother Justin/The Kurgan has to be able to fill one of the roles in seasons 4+. Maybe one of the Greyjoy’s. Victarion or Euron would be my preference. I could also see him as the 3rd High Speton,

  • Carne:
    Well if he was recently cast then it’s not the RW.

    No where in that article did it say he was “Recently” casted. He is clearly gonna be one of the drummers during the Peak moments during the RW Massacre.

  • Athelstan,

    Emily Blunt is almost 30 and her career is on fire. No way she would go to television even cable television especially for a non lead role.

    And I say this as a major Emily Blunt fan all the way back to the Empire miniseries.

    And there is talk that she may be playing Carol Danvers/Ms Marvel in Avengers 2. Which is amusing because she turned down Black Widow when she was offered the part.

  • Talking of musicians in the show – You forgot Wilko Johnson- ok a bit more than a cameo, and with a key scene or two.

  • NewJeffCT:
    Since it amounts to a glorified cameo, I would love to see them get a big name to play Oberyn Martell.Antonio Banderas?

    Patrick Stewart at Lord Randyll Tarly

    Monica Bellucci at Arianne Martell

    Monica definitely fits my personal idea of Ariane. But nudity might be an issue down the line.

  • After hearing the news of this drummer joining the cast, I got excited and started thinking about how the Rains of Castamere would sound with the “Boom-Doom-Boom-Doom” drums (Because the show version by the National doesn’t have drums)

    The Book says that nobody is singing the words during the RW, just the music, so I quickly made a basic version just for fun with different paced Boom Doom drum beats to see how it sounded, have a listen if you want and imagine the scene being played out in your mind too.

    http://www.tunescoop.com/play/313432353631/rains-of-castemere-drums-mp3

  • King DBC,

    While I think EB in GoT is a complete non-starter (waaaay too A List now) in the remotest possibly i can see Blunt being wooed to play Lyanna for a flashback cameo. She is definitely the type of personality/countenance that could inspire such devotion. She has a very strong Stark vibe about her. She could easily play a grown up Arya.

  • Gorrean,

    Dude Monica Belluci is 50 years old. Ellaria Sand yes, Arianne no.

    Coral Amiga, Vorenus’s daughter in Rome would be a good Arianne.

  • Conor,

    Dude that is fricking epic! You should YouTube that one you will get hits. I can literally visualize the most Grand Guignol massacre being accompanied by this tune. Love the sped up percussion near the end suggesting the height of the slaughter. I can see the music stopping as soon as Cat grabs Jinglebell.

  • dhamon316:
    I would love to see Clancy Brown involved in the show.Anyone that has a range between Mr. Krabs and Brother Justin/The Kurgan has to be able to fill one of the roles in seasons 4+. Maybe one of the Greyjoy’s. Victarion or Euron would be my preference. I could also see him as the 3rd High Speton,

    I adore Clancy Brown and would love to see him in GoT. I could totally see him as the elder brother of the Quiet Isle, although he could pull off so many roles. However, being a US citizen, don’t think we’ll be seeing him anytime soon.

    I live under a rock…but I don’t think that many people know who Coldplay are *or* what their drummer would look like. Oh, but I see they won a Grammy…maybe someone would recognize him… Either way, I don’t think it would be that distracting…let him be a fanboy!

  • Deme,

    Umm Coldplay are very well known especially their lead singer who is married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow. But chances are no, only the hardcore Coldplay fans will recognize the drummer.

  • I bet he is a drummer to replace the singer “A Bear, a bear” instead for the scene with the Queen of Thorns talking to Sansa. Would be so much easier to understand, TV-wise.