Sean Bean will star in HBO’s adaptation of the George R.R. Martin fantasy-book series Game of Thrones, with Tom McCarthy directing. The Hollywood Reporter noted that “Mark Addy is in final negotiations to also join the production. Kit Harrington, Jack Gleeson and Harry Lloyd also have come aboard. . . . Bean will play Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, known for his sense of honor and justice, who becomes closest adviser to King Robert (Addy). Harrington will play Jon Snow, Bean’s bastard son, and Lloyd will play Viserys, a powerless ruler who seeks to marry off his sister to a powerful king. Gleeson will play Joffrey, King Robert’s son. Peter Dinklage also is in the cast for the production, which is in the pilot stage and begins shooting in October in Ireland.”
I read the first book in the series and I’ve had the second on my shelf for a while. I think that because it’s HBO, it might turn out pretty well. It’s nice to a good fantasy adaptation being done that’s not a cheezy NBC Sunday night movie or whatnot.