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GRRM reveals more casting news - including Jaime

And yes, I'll rightly admit that I was more interested in that specific role than the others.





So Jaime will be played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. GRRM posts a bit about him here.

My immediate reaction wasn't one of pure joy, but after pondering it a bit I think this is a really good choice. The guy can act and he also looks the part.

Though combined with the current influx of the Skarsgård-family in films and series, it feels a bit like the Scandinavians are everywhere. Hee.

As for the other parts, the guy cast as Theon looks good, but the actor playing Dany doesn't work for me. Perhaps she is better in The Tudors, but I don't watch that and so I wouldn't know.

Date: 2009-08-21 09:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] finnygan.livejournal.com
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU IS GOING TO BE JAIME?

Oh em gee. I don't know if I think it's a good idea, but oh em gee.

Date: 2009-08-21 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
DENMARK IS REPRESENTING! (and I also really need to stop thinking about him as "the guy from Nattevakten" Hee.)

Date: 2009-08-21 11:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] finnygan.livejournal.com
WE TOTALLY ARE. [I think he'll always be that guy from Nattevagten to me, I'm afraid. Though I will admit that he is consistently awesome whenever he appears in anything with Kim Bodnia. Oh, and he was funny in Rembrandt.]

Date: 2009-08-21 10:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
So good scream or bad scream?

Date: 2009-08-21 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] applegnat.livejournal.com
Very good scream. Guh.

Date: 2009-08-21 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
Hee. There is a very cheesy, but rather entertaining fanvideo linked at GRRM's site btw.

Date: 2009-08-21 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] applegnat.livejournal.com
LOL, saw that link, looking forward to watching it with the sound on.

Date: 2009-08-21 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reginaspina.livejournal.com
Hmmmmm! I don't really know anything about him - he certainly looks the arrogant part in that photo you posted, but ... I DON'T KNOW!

Date: 2009-08-21 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
The consolation is that he can act. As for the rest I was a bit hesitant myself, but am now leaning towards liking the choice. What soothed my nerves was the fact that he has a tiny role in Black Hwak Down, where he plays a sniper - and he basically steals every scene he is in. That is vital for a Lannister I think! ;)

Yet we are protective of our Jaime, so I can rightly understand your worry.

ps. also the cheesy video (http://grrm.livejournal.com/101967.html) GRRM posted is rather good in presenting his versatility.

Date: 2009-08-21 11:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-grynne.livejournal.com
OH MY GOD NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU!!!! JAGIFHGIUWGRIYUQ@U$(BJR~!!

Date: 2009-08-21 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
Hee! I'll say this for the ASOIAF cast - it is becoming prettier and hotter by each addition.

And I quiet like the prospect of more Coster-Waldau on my telly.

Date: 2009-08-21 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-grynne.livejournal.com
I can't wait to find out who is Cersei. Casting one twin kind of limits who they can go for...

Date: 2009-08-21 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
Cersei will be very exciting. She is one of my favourite antagonists from the book, so I'll hope that the excellence of the ASOIAF casting statistics will carry in her favour as well.

Date: 2009-08-21 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nutmeg3.livejournal.com
I'm fine with most of the casting, NCW included, but I think the guy they've cast as Theon looks awful. Much too young and smirky and with a squished-up face or something.

Date: 2009-08-21 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
I'll admit that the guy playing Theon looks very young, but as I've always pictured Theon as smirky anyway it didn't bother me too much. Also I think it will be different seeing him in action, still shots can after all be very misleading. Still, in contrast to guy they've got playing Robb I can see your point.

Date: 2009-08-25 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meko00.livejournal.com
Hej! Here via [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns.

Mmm, it seems Scandinavians are representing quite well at the moment. HEE. But NCW can act, yes... and I saw him interviewed on Aftenshowet around the time of New Amsterdam, and he seemed quite likable. I know, I know, television. But still...

Though, danskjävlar! (Man, I really miss Ernst-Hugo Järegård... And, said from a Scanian, it's not exactly a clear-cut statement.)

Must catch up on the books, though...

Date: 2009-08-28 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
Hei! Any friend of [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns etc. ;)

Yes, there are Scandinavians every where! Hee. Though the Norwegians do need to work a bit harder I think, and that's not just some strange national pride talking. *cough*

As for NCW I've grown increasingly pleased with his casting, though I think part of me will always picture him as the dorky young watchman in Nattevakten. Hopefully that will not detract from enjoying him play Jaime.

Ernst-Hugo Järegård! I'll admit he was my favourite character in Riget (though I'm more ambivalent about Von Trier as a whole). And wasn't Järegård from Scania as well, or is my memory deceiving me?

Must catch up on the books, though..

The casting news have really revitalised my interest in the books as such, though I'm a bit hesitant to re-read them. Probably because there are no new books to look forward too. A silly reason, but there you go.

Date: 2009-08-30 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meko00.livejournal.com
:-) Actually, I think we've talked before, but I suspect it fizzled out due to a lack of comment notification.

*snorts* Norwegians have national pride? But yes, more Scandinavians is the key.

I've never actually seen Nattevagten; I think I was too scaredy-cat back then and then, well... Also, I've never had any problem seeing actors portray different roles, as long as they have the range. Always thought that whole typecasting thing is weird.

Hee. Mmm, von Trier is... a bit too much for my taste. Yes, Järegård was Scanian, as well. And von Sydow is, too. ;-)

I'm a bit hesitant to re-read them. Probably because there are no new books to look forward too. A silly reason, but there you go.

I don't think the reason is that silly, to be honest... or, at least it's understandable. Perfectly human response to want a continuation if the story is open-ended (unless it's supposed to be open-ended and then, sometimes you still want closure). I'm past half-way into rereading A Game of Thrones now and I never got more than a hundred-odd pages into A Clash of Kings for some reason. But it's as absorbing as I remember. Bleak, too. I think my headspace wasn't that great the first time 'round and also, it was late autumn. Winter is coming, indeed.

Date: 2009-08-30 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
Ahh! I think that rings a bell. Something about Ronja Rövardotter? At any rate I say: "Hello again! Nice to see that LJ hasn't managed to thwart the conversation."

*snorts* Norwegians have national pride?

Norway - more than just the hillbilly little brother next door! (though looking at the general craziness due to the upcoming election, then maybe not...)

When it comes to typecasting, for me it is connected to the size of a role. If an actor has had several smaller roles, but only one large role I tend to associate him with the larger role.
As for NCW, I have seen him in various small roles, but with Nattevagten as the only major role. Ergo, he is the guy from Nattevagten to me. Which sounds a bit eccentric now that I've typed that out. ;)

von Trier is... a bit too much for my taste

Yeah, that pretty much sums up my attitude to him as well. I can understand why some people find his films fascinating, but personally I'm always left with a feeling that they are "too much". The sad part is that I work with film at the University, and so I have to keep up to date even with Von Trier. Personally my tastes run much more to the 1930's-1950's film making.

And von Sydow is, too.

That's quite a prestigious list! :)

Bleak and absorbing describes ASOIAF well. Granted that is partially why I love the books, but they don't make for the most cheerful company. Hopefully you'll have a better time rereading and reading them this time around. :)
Though the setting is the traditional Pseudo-Western European, the world building is so good that it more than makes up for the possible conventionality. In addition I love a lot of the characters, but I'll stop there out of fear of possible spoiling.

Date: 2009-08-31 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meko00.livejournal.com
Hee. Yes. You too; when I have time I might be searching my e-mail.

Heh. I guess we're hillbillies too, at least according to Stockholm and Copenhagen. Ah well...

Hmmm, interesting. :-) Actually, I offered to send QoT New Amsterdam (http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0928414/). Might do the same for you, if you're interested.

Personally my tastes run much more to the 1930's-1950's film making.

Ooh, film. Oh, me too. Well, I don't really mind some experimentation, but somehow there were loads of good screenwriters back then. Of course, there are some eyesores...

Ahh, actors. Especially theatre-trained actors; I'm interested in communication, kind of my area.

Thanks. :-) Actually, I don't read that much fantasy, just for the whole conventionality bit. And, being LJ-friends with QoT means I know that Jaime develops, but I've tried to stay away from spoilers. ;-)

Date: 2009-09-14 10:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
First up, so, so sorry about the late reply. RL has been (pardon the language) a bitch lately, and LJ has suffered from it.

Secondly, you have a Peter O'Toole icon! So much love. I have a deep fondness for O'Toole, probably influenced by Lawrence of Arabia ("The trick is not minding that it hurts"), as well as the two versions on Henry II in Beckett and Lion in the Winter.

As for New Amsterdam, I would be definitely be interested. I seem to remember reading about it when it aired, and thinking it sounded interesting.

Well, I don't really mind some experimentation, but somehow there were loads of good screenwriters back then. Of course, there are some eyesores...

Well, there will always be eyesores, but in general I like the coherence of narrative and the style of acting from this period. With the late 1960's film making I sometimes feel the focus on experimentation and supposed deep philosophy often diminishes the story. Also part of the supposedly political correctness of the 1960's and 1970's film at times get on my nerves - though there are exceptions. As always.

Especially theatre-trained actors; I'm interested in communication, kind of my area.

See, now I'm intrigued. My area is more the visual culture and cinematography of films (and art), so while I love certain actors I'm afraid I don't always give them the attention they deserve. I do wonder though, how it must be for actors with a theatrical background to make the transition to screen, and vice versa. Theater has always struck me as much more direct and intimate than cinema/television. The former gives an almost immediate response to a performance, whereas the latter pretty much excludes the audience from the de facto performance.

I don't read that much fantasy, just for the whole conventionality bit.

Hee. To some extent I can relate to that. I used to read a lot of fantasy, but at one point I became tired of the poor farmboy accepting his inheritance/powers, the wise old mage, the dragons and possibly the elves,and so I quit. Now ASOIAF is pretty much the only fantasy series I keep up with, which is not to say that I've started to dislike fantasy in general.

Date: 2009-09-17 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meko00.livejournal.com
Oh, no need to apologise! RL has been quite busy on my end, too.

Mmm, PoT! I've never actually seen Lawrence of Arabia, first because I never got around to it growing up, and then because I decided I'd better read Seven Pillars of Wisdom and Graves' Lawrence and the Arabs before I watched it and those books are still in my TBR "pile". I'll have to confess that this is a recurrent theme in my life, the wanting to read before watching. As for Becket, the closest I've gotten is being outside the cathedral in Canterbury. Sigh. But I do have Eliot's play for a rainy day. And I have to confess that I haven't seen the 1968 The Lion in Winter, though my mother DVR:ed recently for me (so it's on my to do-list). By chance, I saw Glenn Close channelling Kate Hepburn with Patrick Stewart about two years ago in the remake. Not quite the same thing, though.

OK then. :-) I think I might have to prod QoT about it, as she haven't given me her address yet. Then again, I haven't really had time to fix copies...

My area is more the visual culture and cinematography of films (and art), so while I love certain actors I'm afraid I don't always give them the attention they deserve. I do wonder though, how it must be for actors with a theatrical background to make the transition to screen, and vice versa. Theater has always struck me as much more direct and intimate than cinema/television. The former gives an almost immediate response to a performance, whereas the latter pretty much excludes the audience from the de facto performance.

Actually, I'm quite visuospatial myself, but I'm mainly into linguistics and cognitive science so spoken and non-verbal communication is fascinating, which is why I quite like certain actors in films and television. As for theatre vs screen, it's not a definite either/or issue. I mean yes, the raw, tangible, presence thing is of course hugely important, but a good director and DP can give certain benefits when it comes to facial acting that is often lost to a big part of a live audience. I think. So, I really prefer both, if I can have them.

To some extent I can relate to that. I used to read a lot of fantasy, but at one point I became tired of the poor farmboy accepting his inheritance/powers, the wise old mage, the dragons and possibly the elves,and so I quit.

See? :-D But yes, I'm not saying I dislike all fantasy, it's more that I prefer to read in lots of different genres and well, time is not infinite though it is a construct.

Date: 2009-09-14 12:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
Also, from this conversation and a quick browsing of your interests it seems we have a few things in common (as well as possible hillbilly status), so if you don't mind terribly I'm adding you to my reading list.

Date: 2009-09-17 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meko00.livejournal.com
Quite the opposite; I'll be happy to follow your adventures. :-)

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