I’ve been intending to write about the castings that have been made for the A Game of Thrones HBO pilot, but had been putting it off for whatever reasons.
The urges to write the post first came when Eddard Stark had been cast, then when Daenerys Targaryen had been cast, and now when Cersei has been cast.
For these three where some of the hardest characters to cast for in my opinion, especially Daenerys. I don’t know the actress who’s playing her at all, having only seen photos, but can only hope she can convey the multitude of attitudes and feelings that Daenerys goes through along her story. without spoiling the plot, she changes a LOT throughout the first novel. The actress mustn’t only have the right look, but also the capacity to portray vulnerability and then something entirely different.
Eddard Stark I liked a lot. He was my favourite character in the first book, and I was fearful that they would get someone not very adequate. To be quite honest I’d pictured Viggo Mortensen as an ideal actor for the part. They chose Sean Bean, who I will always associate with Boromir (who I dislike), but who is a wonderful actor.
After those two had been cast, the only really difficult part to fill in was Cersei. I hate the character, and it would take someone who not only had the right look (since Cersei focuses on them so much), the right age, and be capable of acting as much as a bitch as one can. Though I’ve never seen Lena Headey portray a bitch, she does however act marvelously and I have no doubt she will fill in the shoes nicely. Since Cersei’s twin brother Jaime had already been cast as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who is brown-haired (with a very nice physique (ahem)), I’m hoping they won’t turn them into blondes just to be more coherent with the novels. There’s no need for that. All the twins need to be, looks-wise, is attractive. Fortunately they escaped the obvious casting option that was ‘lets-cast-some-guy-and-girl-that-look-to-have-come-out-from-Baywatch’.
The other casts, at least judging from the photos (since I don’t know most actors) are adequate.
I’m only wondering, now that they’ve added Lena Headey to their ranks, after already having Sean Bean, (I imagine neither has come as a very cheap choice) how high exactly is the TV show’s budget. I hope they’re not miscalculating costs to the point they end up canceling due to a bad cost/profit ratio.
But most of all, I just hope the series comes out a good one.