UPDATED: Meet the new faces of Game Of Thrones season 4
As another actor is added to Game Of Thrones' fourth season, we tot up the new faces coming to Westeros next year...
UPDATE: British actor Joel Fry (Trollied, Tamara Drew) has joined the cast of season four as Hizdahr zo Loraq, a nobleman of Meereen who becomes key to Dany's narrative, and who appears in the fifth novel of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Dance with Dragons. Described in the books as tall, slender, with amber skin and red-black hair shaped into wings, Hizdahr zo Loraq is thought to be one of the final key roles to be cast for season four.
A good handful of newcomers to Westeros has been announced over the past months, so we thought it was time we herded them all up into the one pen. As new cast members are confirmed, we'll add them to this growing list.
Sigor Ros as ?
Icelandic popular beat combo (or more properly, ethereal minimalist post-rockers) Sigur Ros are set to make an appearance in Game Of Thrones. The band, lead by frontman Jonsi Birgisson, is following up its appearance in The Simpsons (see below) with a cameo in Game Of Thrones season four. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are reported to be big fans of the Icelandic group, hence the invitation. Entertainment Weekly reports that the three members are currently filming their undisclosed role on the Croatian, not the Icelandic set for the series.
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson as Gregor Clegane
This marks the third casting of the Gregor Clegane in Game Of Thrones, as it's announced Icelandic strongman and actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson is to take over from season two's Ian Whyte (who in turn took over from season one's Conan Stevens) in the role of "The Mountain". At 6ft 9" and reportedly over 400lbs, we'd say he merits the moniker.
Gregor Clegane is the hated, brutish brother to Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound, (you know Gregor's a wrong'un when he makes The Hound seem like someone you wouldn't mind having a pint with). He earned his topographic nickname, as you can imagine, for his immense size. Absent from season three of Game Of Thrones, expect to see more of him in season four...
Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis
First up then, is Huisman, who's returning to HBO after his time as an addict musician in David Simon and Eric Overmyer's Treme. More widely seen is ABC's music series Nashville, in which Huisman plays producer Liam McGuinnis.
According to HBO Watch, new Game of Thrones recruit Michiel Huisman is set to take over the role of Daario Naharis from Ed Skrein (see below). Naharis is, amongst other things, the sellsword leader of the Stormcrows, a faction of Dany's mercenaries.
Joseph Gatt as Styr, Magnar of Thenn
Banshee, Star Trek Into Darkness and Thor have all welcomed the talents and otherworldly appearance of Joseph Gatt, who seems born to play fierce Wildling chief Styr in Game of Thrones season four. One of Mance Rayder's lieutenants, Styr is the Magnar, or Lord, of the Thenn people from the inhospitable Frostfangs.
Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Mace Tyrell
The titular head of the rising-in-power Tyrell family, Mace is regarded as something of a useless lump by his mother Lady Olenna, the real matriarch of the family. One thing's certain then, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, whom UK TV-watching audiences will recognise for a plethora of roles, including his recent appearance in The Tudors, will be sharing screen time with Dame Diana Rigg.
Ashton-Griffiths' character is the father to Ser Loras and Margaery Tyrell, played by Finn Jones and his The Tudors co-star, Natalie Dormer.
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand
Luther fans will need no reminder as to who Indira Varma is (and indeed, should Neil Cross' prequel film come off, we should be seeing her again as the wife of Idris Elba's character, Zoe). The versatile actress is currently appearing in BBC murder mystery What Remains, and was recently seen in Hunted and Silk in the UK, though is perhaps still best known around the world for her role as Niobe in HBO's Rome.
Returning to HBO, Varma is to play Ellaria Sand, who in the books is the mother of the four youngest Sand Snakes (don't be concerned, it's a nickname), and lover of Prince Oberyn Martell.
Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris
When we were lucky enough to chat to Mark Gatiss earlier this year, he confessed that he hadn't yet seen Game of Thrones. We wonder if that's been rectified now that he's going to appear in season four as Tycho Nestoris, representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos? Nestoris' bank is notorious in the Seven Kingdoms for always getting back the money it's owed, which on paper, should make it a good match for the Lannisters, who always pay their debts...
Gatiss' casting last month sent the geek world aflutter, and though few had him pegged for Nestoris, it's a very sound fit.
Pedro Pascal as Prince Oberyn Martell, The Red Viper
The Good Wife's Pedro Pascal was the first newcomer to be confirmed for season four, and he seems a fine choice to play the "forceful, lusty man with a quick wit and a barbed tongue", as his character is described in the novels. Salty Dornishman Prince Oberyn comes to King's Landing with revenge on his mind in Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire series.
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