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The Last Man Cast…

October 21, 2009 at 11:42 pm
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… (but certainly not the least) was our intrepid horselord, Khal Drogo of the Dothraki.

The search for the right khal was exhaustive, and included auditions on four separate continents (maybe five, not sure if those Brazilian readings ever took place). As with several other parts, there were a lot of great readings, and the producers had several interesting choices.

The final nod went to Jason Momoa, who is best known to American television viewers for his role on STARGATE: ATLANTIS.

I blush to confess that I have never seen any STARGATE but the movie… but Jason’s auditions were terrific, displaying all the fierceness that our khal requires, but showing warmth and tenderness in the softer scenes as well. And yes, his haka was terrific.

Khal Drogo was the last of the speaking roles to be filled, so the cast is now complete… until and unless the show gets picked up to series, when we’ll start the process all over again to find Littlefinger, Varys, Ser Barristan, Renly, Loras, Hodor, Lord Tywin, and all the rest of our merry company.

But I’ll worry about that later. Tomorrow we’re off to the UK.

See ya.

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The Big Man and the Redhead

October 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm
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I said that the big man could tell you the latest casting news. That’s because the big guy is Ian McNeice, a veteran British character actor most recently seen on HBO as the newsreader in ROME. He’s done a million other parts as well, of course. In A GAME OF THRONES, he’ll be playing Illyrio Mopatis, Magister of the Free City of Pentos, merchant prince, and arch- conspirator.

There is one character with a speaking part in the HBO pilot who did not appear in my novel. In the early drafts of the script she was known only as Red-Headed Whore, but she has since been christened “Ros.” Playing Ros will be the lovely Esme Bianco, an actress, model, and burlesque performer whose website can be found at

Her previous credits include CHEMICAL WEDDING, BURLESQUE FAIRYTALES, and DEAD MAN RUNNING, which is where those clues about chemicals, fairies, and dead men came from. Tyrion will be very pleased to make her acquaintance.

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Not Coming to Denver

October 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm
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I’m off tomorrow for the UK and the pilot shoot, so it stands to reason that I won’t be at MileHiCon in Denver this weekend. I haven’t yet figured out how to be in two places at one time.

However, there will be some cool news announced for the first time at MileHiCon, so if you should happen to be in Denver, keep your ears peeled, and you can be one of the first to know.

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A Pair of Starks

October 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm
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One of the hardest parts to cast was Bran. When the story opens he’s a cute kid, off to see a man beheaded for the first time. But after that… think of all the challenges that await the boy in this role. We think we’ve found a young actor capable of handling them, however. His name is Isaac Hempstead-Wright.

My clues for this one are pretty self-explanatory. Hempstead is a town in Nassau, and Isaac was the Biblical sacrifice (not really, of course, Yahweh was just joking around). All the same, I was astonished when some of you managed to puzzle them out. Isaac is a bright young talent and he gave a great reading, but I figured he was google-proof. Not so. I’m looking forward to seeing him bring Bran to life.

Also cast, as his uncle and Lord Eddard’s younger brother Benjen, a ranger of the Night’s Watch, is Joseph Mawle.

Another fast-rising British actor, Mawle has portrayed both Jesus and Judas, starred in a film called FREEFALL, and began his acting career at the Tobacco Factory Theater. Check out his showreel at for a sample of his talents.

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Coming to London

October 21, 2009 at 12:16 am
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Can’t make the signings in Belfast on November 3 or Dublin on November 5?

Maybe the third time will be the charm. I’m coming to London as well.

I’ll be appearing at Forbidden Planet’s megastore on Wednesday, November 11, to sign copies of the new Harper Collins trade hardcover of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, the Jack Vance tribute anthology, and any of my other books as well.

Forbidden Planet
179 Shaftesbury Avenue

If you can’t make the signing, but would like to order a signed book mailorder, phone the store at 0207 420 3666 and I am sure they will be happy to oblige you. You can also order a copy over the internet. Just click here:

The signing will begin at 5:30 pm. Or 17:30 for you folks over there.

See you there!

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