“Game of Thrones” has added another well-regarded actor to its dominant cast.
Award-winning actor Jim Broadbent (“Harry Potter,” “War and Peace” and “Iris”), has been cast to play a role in season 7 of HBO’s hit show.
Broadbent, 67, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the 2001 film “Iris” and a BAFTA for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in “Moulin Rouge!” (also 2001) will join the already impressive “GoT” cast as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss move toward the show’s conclusion.
Other familiar faces recently had stints on the show as well, including Jonathan Pryce (“Pirates of the Caribbean” series) as The High Sparrow for 12 episodes and Ian McShane (“Deadwood” and “American Gods”) as Ray in the season 6 episode “The Broken Man.”
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Broadbent, who was also Horace Slughorn in two “Harry Potter” films, multiple characters in “Cloud Atlas” and Nikolai Bolkonsky in “War and Peace,” is believed to have a “significant” role in the crucial season 7, according to Entertainment Weekly.
As they note, vague character descriptions have leaked of late, but these are occasionally misleading — with showrunners and executives anticipating their appearance online.
The show will film in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland, according to EW. It will consist of seven episodes (not the customary 10-episode run). Directors, EW notes, include Alan Taylor and Jeremy Podeswa, among others.
Broadbent is not the first person to shift from J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to the fantastical Medieval landscape dreamt up by George R.R. Martin. Natalia Tena (Osha in the show) was in “Harry Potter,” along with David Bradley (Walder Frey in “GoT”) and Ciarán Hinds (Mance Rayder on “GoT”).
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To go a step further, as Nerdist reports, many sites dedicated to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros — and beyond — have latched on to this casting news. The site Watchers on the Wall released a character description of a “venerable priest with moral authority and gravitas...”
So some believe that Broadbent will take on the role of this priest. This could translate, however, to a head or arch maester at the Citadel — where Samwell Tarly is currently awaiting an infusion of knowledge about the Westerosi world.
Will Broadbent’s character be the one to shed some light on the hidden secrets of the realm? After all, that’s why Jon Snow OK’d Tarly’s trip to the Citadel — to be of some use for Snow, who has now been proclaimed as the King in the North.
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It is not set in stone, though, and Broadbent may very well be another Westerosi sort of cleric. The tentative and unverified date of filming for this “priest” is the week of September 22.Send a Letter to the Editor