HBO looks ready to reinvigorate the fantasy genre with their adapation of “A Game of Thrones,” set to go into production this June. With just an initial pilot ordered, we kept our excitment about George R.R. Martin’s beloved tale of political intrigue and warring families at bay. But now that HBO has gone medieval on ‘Thrones with a ten episode order, we’re ready to start obsessing about this new series. We sent our band of rogues out into the far reaches of the Seven Kingdoms and they’ve returned with a bounty of spoilers. Now, let’s take a look at the cast who’ll return HBO to its rightful place among network royalty.
5. Richard Madden as Robb Stark
Where You’ve Seen Him Before: Game of Thrones might just be young Scot, Richard Madden’s big break, whose only priors are a few Scottish television series.
His Role in Game of Thrones: First son of Eddard (Sean Bean) and heir to Winterfell. Charactized as honorable and just, Robb makes enemies of former allies when breaks an oath made by someone very close to him on his behalf.
Winter is, indeed, coming.
HBO has greenlighted highly anticipated fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”
The premium network has picked up the project for a first season debut next spring (below is the first released photo from the series). Nine episodes plus the pilot have been ordered. Production will begin in Belfast this June.
From the moment the project was first announced in development, the series based on the George R.R. Martin novels has generated enormous, perhaps unprecedented, online interest for a series at such an early stage.
The sprawling tale set in the mythical land of Westeros tells the story of the noble Stark family who become caught up in high court intrigue when patriarch Eddard (played by Sean Bean) becomes the king’s new right-hand man. The four-and-counting books in the series would each be used as one season of the series.
Unlike many fantasy novels, the “Thrones” series largely avoids relying on magical elements and instead goes for brutal realism — think “Sopranos” with swords. Martin, a former TV writer (“Beauty and the Beast”), writes each chapter as a cliffhanger, which should lend itself well to series translation.
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Of Mice And Men explores the friendship between George Milton and Lennie Small via the last three days in Lennie’s life.
On the run from a town where Lennie has been accused of rape, they pick up new jobs on a ranch further north – a place where the boss has recently married a flirtatious young woman.
She’s trouble, however, and George knows it, so he warns Lennie about the woman. They dream about a better life – a life they think is just around the corner. The boss’s wife then finds Lennie alone in the barn and their dream is ripped apart.
David Tennant stars as George Milton and Liam Brennan as Lennie Small. The cast also features Jude Akuwudike as Carlson/Crooks; Christopher Fairbank as Candy; Melody Grove as Curley’s wife; Neil McKinven as Slim; and Richard Madden as Curley.
He is one of the hottest young acting talents in the business but making it on to the Eligibles list is not the only accolade Richard has got recently.
He won Most Stylish Male at the Scottish Style Awards in October and has also been named in Esquire’s Hottest Stars for 2010 list. The young actor, who starred in Hope Springs as well as the National Theatre of Scotland’s Be Near Me, is tipped for mainstream glory this year, and will be starring in the new film Chatroom and TV series Game of Thrones.
Dream date? Get some front-row seats for the theatre, and remind him of where his passions lie.
Greatest achievement in life? Overcoming playground bullying at school in Renfrewshire to become a successful actor.
Dream job? Madden says he knew in his heart that he wanted to become an actor. But the careers adviser had him down for a career in computer science.
Turn-on? Someone that supports his dreams and who is independent.
Single and celebrating? Yes, but you’re going to have to be quick for this hotshot.
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