In GRRM’s absence, I thought it would be a good idea to reach out to HBO to see if any of the remaining roles have been cast. So far, only one. But it is a pretty good one. They were able to confirm for me that Wilko Johnson has been cast in the role of Ilyn Payne. Johnson is actually a musician and a member of the blues band Dr. Feelgood. As far as I can tell, this is his first acting job.
Winter Is Coming: Is this guy perfect or what? I guess the lack of acting experience didn’t hurt him here since Ilyn Payne doesn’t have too many lines. I’m sure one look at this guy’s face was practically enough to give him the role. He also seems quite tall. He is going to make a perfect executioner.
UPDATE: HBO also relayed to me that the role of Will, the young ranger from the prologue scene, will not be recast. The scheduling with Bronson Webb was worked out and he will be returning for the reshoots.
In other casting news, Steven Erikson, author of the popular Malazan Book of the Fallen series,
has revealed at Tricon in the Czech Republic that he will have a cameo appearance in the first season as a horserider. said he would love to be an extra in the series, given that he knows how to ride. He told us that he unfortunately missed the casting call, and then said “maybe next time”. We thank him for the correction. That is how rumors work, sometimes things get lost ‘in translation’.
UPDATE: Via a tweet, it looks like porn actress Sahara Knite has been cast in a speaking role. No word about what role it may be, but based on her profession I’m going to guess she may be an “employee” of one of King’s Landings brothels.
[Thanks to @icefirecz for the Erikson info and The Rabbit for the Knite news!]