The casting of seven Game of Thrones roles a few weeks ago brought to an end speculation about which actors and actresses would fill fan favourite roles like Daenerys Targaryen and Jaime Lannister. Although author George R.R. Martin has continued to keep fans updated on the casting process via his Not a Blog, and even teased a few hints about roles being cast at the time, many of the major parts have already been filled. But one large hole in the assembled cast was the absence of Queen Cersei Lannister, Jaime’s twin sister. Fans had speculated that since Cersei is described in the novels as the female version of Jaime, and the bond between the siblings is intense, the casting of these roles would be announced together. Yet when Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was cast as Jaime a few weeks ago, Cersei remained uncast.
Earlier today Martin had announced that they had found their Cersei and offered these cryptic clues:
Our Queen Is Cast… … but I can’t tell you who she is.
Only who she isn’t.
She has no lines in common with Mr. Miyagi, but maybe she should. If we were playing “Six Degrees,” there would only be one link between us. Her mother and Big Ben are strangers.
Today Chicago Tribune critic Maureen Ryan revealed that British actress Lena Headey, who recently stared in the axed Fox drama Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, will play Queen Cersei Lannister. Cersei is a beautiful and ambitious woman who resents the restrictions her sex has placed on her.
Lena Headey is certainly a name actress and further confirms my belief that HBO would have to be crazy not to give Game of Thrones a full season pick-up. I can’t speak to her acting, never having seen an episode of The Sarah Conner Chronicles, but I think that aside from her hair colour she does look the part and I have faith in the casting director, who has assembled a fantastic cast that includes Sean Bean, and Peter Dinklage. The remaining Stark child Bran, a POV character in the novels, is one of the last major roles to cast but will likely be played by an unknown actor.