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HBO Fills More Thrones

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We might as well make this a prospective-HBO-series theme morning. Word is out of several new casting decisions for HBO’s pilot of A Game of Thrones, the pilot to be shot this fall for a potential fantasy series to be based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Sean Bean (Boromir in The Lord of the Rings) will play Eddard Stark, patriarch of the northern clan in the royal-intrigue drama.

(Those who have read the books: Yes, I know what you’re thinking, and please label your spoilers in the comments.)

The Hollywood Reporter cites several other roles cast, the most interesting to me being Joffrey, because it involves handling the thorny issue of casting the many child-to-teen actors in the cast. (Some of the roles are being aged up for TV, but not much.) Meanwhile, I’m well into the second book of the series, and picturing Peter Dinklage as Tyrion has strangely enhanced the book for me, whereas I usually hate having to think of the screen versions of characters while reading. (Also, Martin himself says King Robert Baratheon has been cast.)

And in the most important GoT news: Martin totally linked Tuned In on his blog! That sound you heard this weekend was my fantasy-nerd-sense tingling in delight.