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“Game of Thrones” Casts Key Season Three Characters

July 13th, 2012 | Posted by Melanie McFarland in Casting alert | Live Coverage | Tune In Info | TV News

HBO has confirmed a number of casting additions to its hit “Game of Thrones“, chief among them being that Diana Rigg will be playing Olenna Tyrell, the fearsome figure known as the Queen of Thorns.

Rigg’s character will be revealed during the third season of the drama, set to premiere March 31, 2013 on HBO.

To anyone who familiar with the intricate faux-history of Westeros, either as it is unfurling in George R.R. Martin‘s novels or in HBO’s television adaptation, this is a tremendous casting coup — and only one among a long list of actors revealed during Friday’s “Game of Thrones” Comic-Con panel. Via a special casting video, the network also revealed that  Mackenzie Crook, best known for his role in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise,  will be playing Orell, a wildling skinchanger and close ally of Mance Rayder, the King-Beyond-the-Wall and leader of the free folk.

Curiously enough, HBO has yet to reveal which actor has been cast as Mance.

Fans also learned that Thomas Brodie-Sangster will be playing the Crannogman greenseer Jojen Reed, with Ellie Kendrick as his warrior sister Meera Reed. Other casting announcements include:

- Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion, The Lightning Lord.

- Paul Kaye  as Thoros of Myr.

- Kerry Ingram as Stannis Baratheon’s daughter Shireen.

- Clive Russell  as Bryden Tully, aka “The Blackfish,” Catelyn’s uncle.

- Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, who crosses paths with Daenerys.

In addition, the fansite reported a number of casting announcements confirmed, according to the site, via an e-mail from HBO. Among them the site named Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, another ally of Mance Rayder’s, and Philip McGinley as Anguy, a friend of Dondarrion’s. Other actors mentioned include…

- Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon’s wife .

- Anton Lesser as Qyburn, an important figure in King’s Landing.

- Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully, Catelyn’s brother.

UPDATE: A number of reliable news sites are now reporting these final five names as official. Stay tuned…



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