Whenever there’s casting speculation for Varys in HBO’s upcoming “Game of Thrones” series I bring up Eddie Marsan.
He’s a great actor, very versatile, and has been cast by Nina Gold in the past. A high percentage of the current cast was cast by Nina Gold in something before:
Sean Bean (Red Riding)
Harry Lloyd (The Devil’s Whore)
Mark Addy (It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Red Riding, Barney’s Version)
Jamie Campbell Bower (London Boulevard)
Ron Donachie (Made of Honor, Beautiful Creatures)
Michelle Fairley (Chatroom)
Iain Glen (Beautiful Creatures)
Lena Headey (Imagine Me & You)
Richard Madden (Chatroom)
Joseph Mawle (Red Riding)
Rory McCann (Hot Fuzz)
Ian McNeice (Rome, The Final Curtain)
Richard Ridings (Amazing Grace)
Donald Sumpter (Eastern Promises, London Boulevard, Einstein and Eddington )
“I was approached to do something for seven years and it was a quality project. I did seriously think about it, but I didn’t want to be away for six months of the year. I’ve never done the LA thing where you go and have loads of meetings; I can’t say to my wife, ‘I’m going to wait by a pool for six months.'”
They’re currently casting for season one of Game of Thrones, and it would be a seven year commitment if HBO did all the projected seasons.
This seems a little too coincidental to me if it’s a different project. I don’t think the fact that Game of Thrones is shooting in Northern Ireland instead of LA rules it out. The “LA thing” could refer to the style of project rather than a location, even though the reporter seems to make an assumption otherwise.
If it is Game of Thrones, I’m a little bummed that he considered it but then decided against it. I don’t know if he was Varys or Littlefinger or who exactly, but he would have done a great job.
If it’s NOT Game of Thrones, and he really was talking about a project in LA, does this mean that he’d be open to doing a seven year project a little closer to home? Northern Ireland is only an hour and a half away by plane.