Celeb roundup: Hannah Murray, Michelle Fairley, and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau get new gigs


As usual, business is booming for the cast members of Game of Thrones, both those currently on the show and those who’ve left it far behind.

First, The Wrap reports that Hannah Murray (Gilly) is in talks to play a “key role” in an upcoming movie from director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriters Mark Boal, the team that brought us movies like The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. The movie doesn’t have a title yet, but it’ll be about the racially-tinged riots that rocked Detroit for five days back in the summer of 1967.

Murray isn’t often mentioned among the actors whose profiles have been raised by Game of Thrones, so hopefully this will give her career a shot in the arm.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, on the other hand, is often mentioned as an example of an actor whose profile have been raised by Game of Thrones, and the streak is continuing. Variety reports that Coster-Waldau has nabbed the leading role in Small Crimes, a dark comedy about “a disgraced former cop who returns home after a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder. He’s “looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind.” Sounds juicy.

But there’s more! Screen Daily has it that Coster-Waldau will also star alongside Greg Kinnear and Emma Roberts in Spinning Man, about a philosophy professor implicated in the disappearance of a high school cheerleader and the detective assigned to investigate the case. It seems that, when he’s not wearing medieval armor, Coster-Waldau is most at home in the crime genre.

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Moving on, Vanity Fair reports reports that while Michelle Fairley may be through with Game of Thrones (insert obligatory Lady Stoneheart reference here), she’s still interested in TV series inspired by medieval history. She’ll be starring as Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry Tudor, in Starz’s The White Princess, a follow-up to its mini-series The White Queen.

The series will chronicle the War of the Roses from the perspective of women. The War of the Roses is one of the inspirations behind George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, so anybody who misses Catelyn Stark will probably get a taste of that here. Just listen to how Starz’s press release describes the role: “Margaret knows that getting the throne and keeping it safe for the Tudor line are two different things, especially as York rivals continue to plot against them with increasing success.” It’s like she never left.

Finally, while this doesn’t have anything to do with a Game of Thrones cast member, I wanted to mention it. A minor Spanish soccer team called CD Palencia has adopted new uniforms, and…well, they remind me of something from the show:

The uniforms are being advertised under the slogan “Nos dejamos la piel.” Basically, the players are saying that they leave everything out on the field, including their skin—that’s how dedicated they are to soccer. But all I see if what would happen if Ramsay Bolton took an interest in professional sports.

h/t Screamer