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Is Christopher Eccleston Joining 'Game of Thrones'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 28th 2011 7:52AM
Christopher EcclestonNow here's one casting rumor to get many a 'Game of Thrones' fan all a-quiver: Christopher Eccleston is said to be eyeing a major role in Season 2.

According to Blastr.com, the 'Doctor Who' and 'Elizabeth' star could be in the running to play the late King Robert's younger brother, the oft-mentioned but as yet unseen Lord Stannis Baratheon.

The brooding Stannis is, according to Lord Eddard Stark, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms.

Production on the second season of 'GoT' is slated to get underway in Northern Ireland at the end of July and producers are continuing to cast roles. Last week 'The Tudors' star Natalie Dormer was confirmed as Margaery Tyrell.

The character of Stannis Baratheon first appears in the second 'GoT' novel by George R.R. Martin, 'A Clash of Kings.' Unlike the jovial Time Lord Eccleston portrayed in the 2005 resurrection of 'Doctor Who,' Stannis is painted as a humorless man with a hard and unyielding sense of justice.

Sounds like a perfect fit for the classically trained Eccleston who has taken on plenty of complex, challenging roles in his time. Plus, adding an actor of his stature to the series could help to fill the giant, Sean Bean-sized hole in the casting lineup.

If Eccleston does sign up for 'GoT' there's one other role that he could perhaps tackle: Stannis Baratheon's rival, Balon Greyjoy, Theon Greyjoy's father and the Lord of the Iron Islands.

Another 'Doctor Who' alum is also rumored to be joining 'GoT.' Scottish actor Tony Curran ('The Pillars of the Earth'), who played Vincent Van Gogh in the 2010 episode, 'Vincent and the Doctor' is reportedly being considered for a -- as yet unspecified -- role.

The 'GoT' casting rumor mill is bound to be working overtime for the next few weeks as casting is finalized and shooting gets underway. Stay tuned for more updates.

And please, please: No spoilers in 'Comments' about what happens in the books beyond the story lines we saw in Season 1.

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claire

Christopher Eccleston would be perfect. The only negative being that Stanis is not around a great deal in the second book, and that would be sad for milions of Mr Eccleston fans.
Tish Jarvis

November 02 2011 at 9:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
prou978588

My preference would be Kevin McKidd but Eccleston is a good choice as well. My understanding however is that Eccleston never commits to doing more than one season on a show and this would be a multi-season deal. Then again, Stannis isn't around all that much in the second book-although his presence is felt very keenly so there is that. If Eccleston is Stannis, however, it begs the question of who they are going to cast in the role of the Onion Knight.

July 09 2011 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phin Upham

He'd be a great addition

June 28 2011 at 4:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Sumiko Keay

I would love to see Eccleston in as Stannis. My question is: will the filming schedule conflict with the schedule for the filming of The Borrowers. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2011/06_june/20/borrowers.shtml)

Tony Curren as Jaquen is interesting.. . I was kind of hoping that they would cast him as Edmure Tully.

June 28 2011 at 12:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Sara

I think Stannis is the older brother.

June 28 2011 at 9:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Athene Numphe

he is.

June 28 2011 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peter

Stannis is a year younger than Robert, but older than Renly.

June 28 2011 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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prou978588

Yes, Much older than Renley. In the books, Stannis is about 34/35 while Renly is 21. I assume everybody has been aged up 3-4 years, which will work better with the actor's appearance.

July 09 2011 at 2:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

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