Game of Thrones recently started production on its seventh season, as the popular HBO series moves decisively towards its endgame. The seventh season will feature the long-awaited Targaryen invasion of Westeros, the reign of Cersei Lannister on the Iron Throne, and the continued encroachment of the White Walkers.
Word has begun to trickle in on casting of the new season, with respected English character actor Jim Broadbent already on board and casting notices out for some other new roles. Now there’s word that a legendary actress may be joining the cast in season 7 as well.
Angela Lansbury, the famed actress whose eight-decade career has included performances on Broadway, many movie roles, and a popular run on the TV mystery series Murder She Wrote, is in talks to join the new season of Game of Thrones, Gamesradar reported Tuesday, citing the German news website Bild. According to the report, Lansbury, 90, will appear in two episodes and spend four days on set. It’s unknown what the part or how it fits in with the world of Game of Thrones as we currently know it.
[UPDATE: EW has been informed by Lansbury's representatives that she will not, in fact, be appearing on Game of Thrones season 7. The rest of this article has been left as it was originally published.]
Lansbury was born in 1925 and has been acting since 1943. She has won five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and an honorary Oscar. Her most famous on-screen roles include playing Eleanor Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), singing teapot Mrs. Potts in the 1991 Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast, and her 12-year run starring on Murder She Wrote, CBS’ mystery series that ran from 1984 through 1996. More recently, Lansbury has worked most extensively in the theater.
It’s not hard to see Lansbury fitting well in the Game of Thrones world, which has had a number of high-profile British actors join its cast (and later leave when their characters are horribly killed off). Lansbury brings a certain gravitas to just about any role that she takes on, and a series that has done much work - especially in the last year - to highlight its female characters, from Daenerys to Lyanna Mormont, can only continue to do so by adding one of the most accomplished actresses in history - assuming this claim proves to be accurate.
Now, what role she may be playing, or which plotline she fits into, will certainly lead to much speculation. Will Lansbury meet Daenerys somewhere along the way? Will she play the mother or grandmother of a previous character, out for revenge? The lady of a previously obscure house or castle? The first woman maester? We’ll find out next summer, if not sooner.
Game of Thrones returns on HBO in the summer of 2017.
Update Source: EW