Yes, it’s a very confusing headline full of names you no doubt recognize but have no clue how they relate. I’ll explain. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, best known for portraying Henry VII on HBO‘s The Tudors is a big fan of Game of Thrones. Being such a fan he’s got a pretty good grasp on the series’ enormous cast of characters and one of them, he thinks, would be an excellent choice for President Obama’s next Secretary of State: Catelyn Stark, Lady of Winterfell.
Read Meyer’s letter to the President, in its lengthy but well worth it entirety, below the cut.
He brought life to Henry VIII, and now Jonathan Rhys Meyers will give life to the undead. Dracula to be specific.
NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Dracula, a new series from producers Tony Krantz and Colin Callender and writer Cole Haddon. The series is co-production between the U.S. network and the U.K. based Sky Living. NBC bought the concept last fall on a “script-to-series” deal, meaning that if the network liked the script it could skip the shooting of a pilot episode and go straight into production. It’s a similar deal that spurred the network’s Hannibal series which will also premiere midseason.
This new Dracula is set in the 1890s and has been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.” According to Deadline, who broke the story:
Dracula (Meyers) arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. “It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns with the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role,” said Universal TV Executive Vice-President Bela Bajaria.
The decision to go with a Meyers’ starring Dracula is a no-brainer. Current NBC head honcho Bob Greenblatt greenlit The Tudors starring Meyers while he was head of Showtime, and the series went on to be an international success. Of course, a network Dracula can’t indulge in the same type of sex and nudity The Tudors did, but between this, Hannibal and the Munsters in Mockingbird Lane, NBC seems willing to try anything to get them out of fourth place.
Will it succeed? Stay tuned.
The first season of HBO‘s Game of Thrones blew us away. Stunned us, in fact. How could a television series so perfectly capture its source material, enthrall new fans as well as surprising old time fans with new twists?! It seems impossible even as I type it out but that is exactly what Game of Thrones accomplished. Meaning, it’s got a hell of a lot to live up to in season two.
Filming on season two is set to start soon, conveniently right after San Diego Comic Con, so hopefully these rumors won’t be rumors for long. One of the casting rumors circulating is Christopher Eccelston, known amongst nerds as the 9th incarnation of the Doctor on Doctor Who, is up for a role in the second season. Who will he play? Well, considering this is all still a giant IF he’s cast, word is either Stannis Baratheon, Robert’s older brother and the true king according to Ned, or Balon Greyjoy, Theon’s father and another presumptive king. Out of those two choices, I’d pick Greyjoy as I alway imagine Stannis to be a bigger, broader guy, but I could have my image of him wrong. I’d need to reread A Clash of Kings to confirm. (Or somehow could also help us out in the comments, ::wink wink::)
The other rumored casting bit is another Doctor Who veteran, Tony Curran, who spectacularly brought Vincent Van Gogh to life in the episode, ‘Vincent and the Doctor.’ Who could he be cast as? Well, haha, we get to play the same speculation game as this is also a big IF he’s cast. I can only picture him as a redhead since Van Gogh and no prominant gingers come to mind for Clash. Again, I could be suffering from a major literary brain fart. I had also never seen Peter Dinklage as a blonde and I don’t think I need to remind you how brilliant he is as Tyrion Lannister. Who do you think Curran would be right for?
The only officially announced casting news for season two has been Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell. You might recall Dormer as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors, she was awesome, and I think a great fit for Tyrel. Here’s the write-up EW’s Inside TV had on the role,
Dormer will play Margaery Tyrell, a (minor spoiler alert) beautiful and shrewd young woman from the influential House Tyrell. She’s pledged to marry the late King Robert’s brother, Renly Baratheon, as part of House Tyrell’s support for his bid to seize the Iron Throne from King Joffrey.
All right, some juicy rumors, a solid casting choice, everything is sounding great for the next season of a Game of Thrones. Does anyone know what they’ll be calling this season? Just GoT Season Two or GoT: A Clash of Kings? Another thing to ponder, I guess.
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