Star Wars: Episode VII adds “dancing instructor” Miltos Yerolemou
Another Game Of Thrones actor has been cast in the new Star Wars movie! Miltos Yerolemou, who played Arya’s dancing instructor Syrio Forel in the first season, is being reported as having been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII. He’ll be joining fellow GOT actor Gwendolyn Christie (Brienne of Tarth), although the two never actually shared any screentime on the HBO show.
More recently, Yerolemou has been doing stage acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company, while he’s also had a role in the filming of sixteenth-century historical drama Wolf Hall. Every news article on Yerelemou’s casting speculates that he will likely be using a lightsaber, as his character on Game Of Thrones clearly demonstrated his swordplay skills and swordplay using lightsabers exists in Star Wars, which seems fair. However, with his casting at this relatively late date, we should probably assume that Yerolemou’s role will be fairly minor.
Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled for release in December 2015.
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Braavos filming continues at Kastel Gomilica
Reader Goran has a bunch of new pictures from Kastel Gomilica in Croatia, including the great shot of some extras above. As we reported a few days ago, this is where Maisie Williams is filming.
Meanwhile, a reader on Twitter lets us know that shooting is starting in Toomebridge, Northern Ireland. If you have info on filming, casting, or anything, let us know on our contact form or tweet us @WiCnet.
Finally, the International Business Times has a (spoilery) rundown of some of the latest news, and some speculation about potential changes from the books that I’ll talk about after the jump. But first, more pictures!
POTENTIALLY SPOILERY SPECULATION
The IBT report suggests that with Tyrion and Arya both in the same location, we might see some scenes with them, which would be a deviation from the books where they never cross paths. The Game Of Thrones show has been happy to have major characters interact in ways that never happened on the page–see Brienne and The Hound last season–and I think that’s largely to the story’s benefit. Having Tyrion and Arya, arguably the most dynamic characters in the story, bump into one another would be quite exciting if the show went that route in Season 5.
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George R.R. Martin’s favorite character is the one that’s most obviously his favorite, thanks for asking, interviewers
George R.R. Martin took to his LiveJournal today to discuss his recent interview schedule, taking a moment to express his exasperation at constantly being asked who his favorite character was. As anyone who’s read the A Song Of Ice And Fire books, watched the Game Of Thrones show, or read any interview with GRRM can attest, it’s the clever, sarcastic, heroic, pragmatic, and incredibly virile Tyrion Lannister so don’t ask again, thanks.
Martin then proceeded to explain that he loves all of his point-of-view characters, but clearly not equally, then proceeded to list them off. “I love all my viewpoint characters, Arya and Sansa and Bran, Jon Snow and Brienne, Arianne and Cersei and Jaime, Theon, even Victarion and the Damphair, ALL of them, but I love Tyrion the bestest.” By not mentioning Daenerys, the author clearly foreshadowed her imminent death and is also laughing in the face of all supporters of Team Targaryen.
Martin also went out of his way to call attention to this interview in The Independent in advance of the Neuchâtel International Film Festival for in-depth discussions of aspects of his life and writing that aren’t normally covered. It includes discussions of how his chess skills helped him become a writer; his family’s class background in Bayonne, New Jersey; his appreciation for Psycho, one of the films he introduced at the festival; and his thoughts on a potential Game Of Thrones film. ”I don’t care about 3D,” he says. “It gives me a headache.”
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Maisie Williams filming at Kastel Gomilica
“Greetings from Braavos!” says reader Piotr. He sends us these photos from Kastel Gomilica in Croatia, where Maisie Williams is apparently filming scenes on the sea. He wasn’t able to take too many pictures close to the filming itself, but you can see a very attractive harbor scene in some of these shots, as well as a bunch of extras dressed in what we can only assume is traditionally Braavosi peasant garb.
Braavos is one of the most important cities across the Narrow Sea from the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. It started becoming important in Season 4 of Game Of Thrones with the introduction of Tycho Nestoris (Mark Gatiss), a representative of the Iron Bank Of Braavos. (It was reported earlier this week that Gatiss will be reprising his role this season.) The arrival of one of the show’s most important characters, Arya Stark, will only increase Braavos’ profile.
Huge thanks to Piotr and all our new tipsters–if you have your own, we have a News Tip form. More images after the jump.
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Telltale releases new Game Of Thrones adventure game info
Adventure game studio Telltale Games has been closed-lipped about their licensed Game Of Thrones game, other than the fact of its existence. But today their official Twitter account posted the image at the top of this article, referencing “clan Forrester” with a quote from A Dance With Dragons and with the hashtag #IronFromIce.
The previous few Game Of Thrones video games have not widely-loved, although the role-playing game has some fans. There’s reason to believe that this one could be special, though. Telltale Games has been at the heart of the resurgence of adventure gaming in the past few years with their adaptations of the Fables and The Walking Dead franchises.
These games have succeeded by being incredibly simple to play, eliminating the complex puzzle-solving common in traditional adventure games. Instead, Telltale has added emotional complexity, forcing players to make tough moral choices in a violent world and dealing with the fallout. This is backed up by superb voice acting, high-quality animated graphics, and in the case of the Fables game The Wolf Among Us, an absolutely gorgeous sense of style.
I’m not a big fan of The Walking Dead TV series, and have no history with Fables, and ended up enjoying those games a great deal. Game Of Thrones is a perfect match for Telltale’s style, as well a property I’m a fan of, so I’m excited about this game. The first episode of five is supposed to be released at some point in 2014.
As for the text itself, it seems to be teasing that the game is set at a point in the books that the show hasn’t reached yet. Speculation after the jump…
Both the hashtag “Iron From Ice” and the quote connecting to Deepwood Motte suggest that the game will be set in the North during the events of the fifth book. (IGN has a detailed, spoilery run-down of how this all connects.) Deepwood Motte is the site of a minor battle in the fifth book which helps set up a major battle in the ice later, and the presence of some Iron Islanders during this storyline makes the “Iron From Ice” tagline seem even more directly connected to this storyline.
I’d also be very surprised if Telltale was planning to move so far ahead of the HBO show in adapting this portion of the novels, which suggests that the war in the North, which is much of the focus of A Dance With Dragons, will be included in Season 5 of the show.
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Is this Tyrion’s Season 5 costume?
Reddit user “LGED821″ has grabbed a picture that seems to pretty clearly be Peter Dinklage in a new costume for Season 5. Given the events at the end of the fourth season, Tyrion has a new place in the world of Westeros, so this seems authentic. What do you think of Tyrion Lannister’s Season 5 costume?
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Game Of Thrones stars take Ice Bucket Challenge, demonstrate sensitivity to temperature
Celebrities. Since the dawn of time, people have wondered: do they feel cold like you or I? This summer, a crack team of scientists/social media experts have designed the perfect experiment to find out: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge provided the tantalizing combination of donating money to/raising awareness for a good cause with the experiment’s true goal, discovering whether fame hardens the skin against cold like a Protection From Ice spell cast by your friendly neighborhood archmage.
Stars of Game Of Thrones, a television show with a cold-based tagline that you may have notice here and there, would seem to be especially good targets for examination. Variety has collected several examples of these experiments. Here’s Maisie Williams.
More after the jump:
George R.R. Martin demonstrates that famous authors have human skin as well as famous actors.
Meanwhile, Joe Dempsie doesn’t merely take this challenge:
But he’s also taking even more challenges to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities in the UK.
Finally, I don’t really have a joke for shirtless, wet Pedro Pascal. Enjoy!
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Season 5 nudity shooting snag resolved
Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd is reporting that an essential fifth-season scene involving public nudity has had its filming issues resolved. The problems, according to earlier reports (warning: spoilers, TMZ), was that local church policies against “public displays of sexuality” in Dubrovnik, Croatia, were preventing this scene from being filmed, which could have been a major issue given its importance.
According to Hibberd, “At the HBO Emmy party Monday night, producers told me that the snag was ‘old news’ and that a new location for the sequence (which isn’t shooting for at least another month) has long been secured.” Hibberd also reported that Mark Gatiss would be returning in Season 5 as Tycho Nestoris.
Lightly spoilery discussion of the scene in question after the jump.
The scene in question takes place in the fifth book, and involves a major character being publicly humiliated. In many ways, it’s the climax for the primary plot of A Feast For Crows. Anything that would have gotten in the way of its potential power could have seriously damaged the storylineas a whole, so it’s a relief that producers aren’t worried about it.
That said, it’s tremendously ironic that after all the debate about whether Game Of Thrones uses excessive nudity for titillation, the a big production snag would be about nudity as a form of humiliation (TMZ’s childish reporting aside).
Please be sure to use the spoiler tags if you want to discuss the details of the scene in question in comments.
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