Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is adapting a gothic horror novel, and other Game of Thrones bits

Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) becomes a producer, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) stages a reading with some famous pals, and more:

Game of Thrones stars are ever-busy in this time of quarantine. Let’s find out how much.

First up, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) is getting into the production business. He set up a studio, Ill Kippers Productions, with Jo Derrick not long after Game of Thrones came to an end. And now, according to Deadline, they’ve optioned the right to turn Jo Derrick’s Gothic novel It Will Just Be Us to turn into a TV show or movie; they haven’t decided yet.

“We were extremely excited when we discovered this book,” Coster-Waldau said. “It is one of the most original haunted house stories that we’ve read or seen.”

It Will Just Be Us is about Sam, who lives in her dilapidated family mansion at the edge of a swamp. The place already sounds pretty haunted, but when her pregnant sister Elizabeth moves in after a fight with her husband, things go from strange to terrifying. “Jo Kaplan’s voice is grounded but compelling, and just down-right scary!’ Coster-Waldau said. “And the adjacent historically-based story lines about slaves escaping to a land thought otherwise uninhabitable, along with the message that the past can come back to haunt you, seemed incredibly timely and we were inspired.”

It Will Just Be Us will be along sooner or later. In the meantime, Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy) is also dabbling in the written word, reading the audiobook version of author Finbar Hawkins’ Witch, about a young girl who vows revenge after she sees her mother murdered by witch-hunters.

Witch comes out in October, by the way. And It Will Just Be Us came out earlier this month. This is up-to-the-minute literature here.

While we’re on Gemma Whelan, does anyone know in what movie she wore these big old glasses? Yara Greyjoy, this character is not:

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Sticking with the literary theme, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) got together with a few of her famous friends to do a reading of Noël Coward’s play Private Lives. People watched on Zoom, with all ticket proceeds going to the Royal Theatrical Fund.

And when she’s not doing that, she’s making pastries:

Emilia Clarke, Mother of Cupcakes. What, it wasn’t gonna be all literature.

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