Game of Thrones, having wrapped up a wildly successful sixth season, starts production this month on its next season, which will run for seven episodes and won’t debut on HBO until the summer of 2017, the network announced recently. The season will mostly film in Northern Ireland, while also filming in Iceland and various locales in Spain (Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.)
The next season of Game of Thrones will almost certainly focus on Daenerys Targaryen’s long-awaited attempt at a conquest of Westeros, as well as Jon Snow’s early days as King in the North, the encroaching threat of the White Walkers and Cersei Lannister’s reign on the Iron Throne (following the brutal murders of most of her enemies at the end of Season 6). Now, we have some clues as to who might be joining them in Westeros in the seventh season.
The Game of Thrones site Watchers on the Wall has obtained a casting call for the seventh season, including casting notices for several new characters:
• Priest, in his 60’s. He’s a venerable priest with moral authority and gravitas. The show is seeking a white actor, using an RP accent, with characterful face for this part. He’s scheduled to shoot one week, from September 22nd.
• Warrior, in the 35 – 45 age range. The character is a tough-looking bruiser with the attack skills of a pit bull, and the actor needs to be great at fighting. He has a “considerable” amount of dialogue as well. It’s described as an “excellent part for a top-end actor.” Helpful clues in the description? We know it’s not a Dothraki character as the actor for the role is required to be white, and they’re asking for a neutral and non-posh English accent. This role is currently scheduled to shoot across October.
• Gate Guard, in his 20’s. The character is described as a “Confident, characterful, straight-talking Northern lad with a great face to play across a very excellent series of scenes.” They’re looking someone with wit, timing, and charisma. He’s currently scheduled to film between mid-October and mid-November.
• City Guard, in his 30’s. The show is casting for a city guard who intercepts a suspicious-looking person on his nightly patrol. They require an RP accent for this one. He’s set to shoot for a week in mid-October.
• Merchant, in his 40’s. The merchant appears at an inn during a busy evening. They’re seeking a character actor, for a non-combatant role. His appearance is more open, including ethnicity/race. That suggests a character appearing somewhere in Essos- or a place we’ve never been before, since Daenerys is now on the move. This part is scheduled to shoot the first week of November.
• Lovely Lady. Ah yes, what would Game of Thrones be without its courtesans and nudity. The show is casting for an attractive young courtesan who is sure of her own mind. It’s described as a “good speaking part” and casting notes that full nudity is required for the role. Similar to the merchant, the lovely lady’s physical appearance is open, indicating this role is for somewhere on Essos, or at a new location. She’s scheduled to shoot for one week in early October.
• Young Lord in his late 20’s. He’s a tall, handsome young lord, and the show is looking for a white actor who uses the RP accent. He’s scheduled to shoot in the week commencing September 20th.
• Lieutenant, in his 20’s. The character is described as an athletic, physically fit, and disciplined warrior. Appearance-wise, they’re looking for someone not white, with Middle Eastern descent mentioned. This bears the hallmarks of a Dothraki character description. He’s set to shoot several days across three weeks, between mid-September and mid-November.
It’s worth noting that most of these characters are going to be on hand for short shoots of a week or two, and are therefore probably only in one or two episodes of Game of Thrones season 7. The exceptions are “Lieutenant,” “Cate Guard” and “Warrior.”
The release of casting notices is another perennial landmark on the Game of Thrones calendar. Usually, the reactions to such listings among Thrones fans are to wonder who these characters are, how they fit in with the books and any not-previously-cast book characters, and even to speculate on what actors might fit the parts. While we’re well past the books at this point, there’s still a chance that some books-only characters could still show up.
Game of Thrones’ seventh season will debut in the summer of 2017 on HBO; an official date has not yet been announced.
Source: Watchers on the Wall