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Published at: Nov. 20, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!! Find nine more here and a few more besides in the Entertainment Weekly print edition with Naked Anne Hathaway on the cover. “Game of Thrones” hits HBO early next year.

“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” star Lena Headey will play the duplicitous Cersei Lannister, twin sister of Jaime Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Virtuality”), with whom she indulges an incestuous relationship that spans decades. Along the way she marries the hard-drinking King Robert Baratheon, played by Mark Addy (“Still Standing”). Also cast in the project are Sean Bean (“Crusoe”) as Ned Stark, Kit Harrington as Jon Snow, Jack Gleeson (“Batman Begins”) as Joffrey Baratheon, Harry Lloyd (“Robin Hood”) as Viserys Targaryen, Jennifer Ehle (“Possession”) as Catelyn Stark, Iain Glen ("Resident Evil: Extinction") as Ser Jorah Mormont, Tamzin Merchant (2005's "Pride and Prejudice") as Daenerys, Richard Madden (the BBC's "Hope Springs") as Robb Stark, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Alfie Allen ("The Other Boleyn Girl") as Theon. “The Visitor” director Tom McCarthy is reuniting with his “Station Agent” star, Peter Dinklage (who plays Tyrion Lannister), for the project. Screenwriter David Benioff ("The 25th Hour," "Troy," "Stay," "The Kite Runner," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") is scripting.
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  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    HUGO WEAVING IS SALMON P. CHASE!

    by BetaRayBill07

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I want this show right now!

    by Swoomustdie

    raghahghaghagha

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Show will be the best of 2011 by far.

    by LowDevil

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Well,,,

    by redshirt

    I guess it's time to read the books. Wish HBO had gotten Dresden...

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Does this have magic n monsters?

    by Fixthe Fernback

    Is Thrones that type of fantasy, or is it just dudes n daggers?

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    TehDude

    by hatemphd

    Its mostly a medieval setting with traces of magic and monsters, that's mostly forgotten. As the books continue, magic and the associated creatures start to reappear.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Ain't it late news

    by SithMenace

    I saw these pics almost three days ago. Sorry Herc.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    SithMenace

    by Rhuragh

    Herc's only real goal is to beat the print media on their month long schedule. Heh.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Oh the weight of expectations....

    by Aloy

    Can the translation to tv live up to the original spirit of the books and the damn decent choice of actors ?? Please!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:47 a.m. CST

    The first time I saw...

    by WeylandYutani

    Lena Headey was in Waterland. I had no idea who she was but, at 14 years old, she was the hottest thing I have ever seen... The amazing thing is she is still sex on legs to this day.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Damn... no edit button.

    by WeylandYutani

    I should clarify that I was the 14 years old... Headey would have been about 20 at the time. Regardless - HAWT.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    eew @ that man with the pen...should we be worried?

    by belowzeros

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    The later books will be difficult to put on film.

    by SoupDragon

    Especially A Feast For Crows. Even with a ten episode season they will have to leave a lot out. The subplots featuring the Martells and the Greyjoys would take a lot of screentime away from the focal characters. And really, they would have to combine the events of books 4 & 5 to keep all the principle actors active in the series.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Jennifer Ehle is not on the show anymore

    by hilldog1378

    She filmed the pilot, but she left for the series. her part is played by Michelle Fairley for the series

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    First new show I've been excited for since Lost

    by FrodoFraggins

    Can't wait. I only own the first book but haven't read it. I'm probably going to wait to read most of the books when the entire series has been published.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Winter is Coming!

    by the_senator

    These books are the size of bricks and can be overly descriptive, but who gives 2 monkeys when the main characters are superb. Even the devious and evil bastards are so well written, you will root for them until the end. IMHO I did not think "The Wire" could be toppled, but if HBO hit the mark then GOT will own 2011. Plus, Aiden Gillen aka Mayor Tommy Carcetti plays Littlefinger - it's all in the game!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 5:30 a.m. CST

    That doesn't look like a good pic, to me.

    by V'Shael

    It reminds me of A Scanner Darkly. It looks like cartoon over real life.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 6:10 a.m. CST

    by Omar B

    This is so gonna rule. HBO seems to have gotten it right.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Definitely

    by Briestro

    Looking forward to this. I wish it were Riftwar but I'll take Martin! B

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    The key to this being a huge success

    by Itchy

    will be whether they can tastefully film the scenes with pre-teen Daenrys getting drilled by the giant savage tribal lord and lezzing out with her handmaid. Well, that and the incest stuff.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Soupdragon

    by nostairway

    That's exactly what they plan on doing. They will mix books 4 and 5(assuming it gets published by then)when the time comes to do so. They are also adding additional scenes into the series not in the books, which I think is a good idea since it gives the book fans something fresh to look forward to. It's also understood that if the series finishes faster than Martin's books the producers have permission to go their own way, so to speak. Hopefully it won't come to that.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    ummm - Daenrys wasn't a pre-teen when she married

    by johnnyangelheart

    I think she was 16 if I remember correctly. But according to the books, the girls were eligible for marriage as soon as they "bloomed" ie started menstruating.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    So the direwolves are just regular sized wolves?

    by Nice Marmot

    I envisioned some CGI biggening there. Or is that just supposed to be a direwolf cub? I never pictured Robert being THAT over the hill. Maybe a gut, but still a total badass. Isn't Tyrion supposed to have kind of a spooky looking face w/ 2 different colored eyes so that, on top of being a dwarf, he's even MORE of an underdog? Now he's just Dinklidge w/ died hair.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    dyed

    by Nice Marmot

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Tyrion

    by Audio_of_Being

    I'm a little surprised at how little Dinklidge is made up, too. He's supposed to have a really prominent forehead according to the books. Maybe they're saving the makeup budget on him for the end of season 2....? Have I said too much? ;)<P>Robert is about what I pictured him. I always saw him as letting himself go once he became King after the Trident.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by Audio_of_Being

    Is the whole series going to be called Game of Thrones, or will they call it Clash of Kings next season and so on. In some regards it would work, but it'd get a little complicated once season four and five roll around.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to this so much

    by Smack_Teddy

    David Benioff had no say on how 'Troy' or 'Wolverine' turned out though...right?

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Dany had just turned 13 on the book

    by WerePlatypus

    If I remember right. They plan on aging her and all the Stark kids a bit for the HBO series, but I don't know by how much.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    America is ready for a fantasy series

    by Titus05

    just like America was ready for a zombie series

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    It has my favorite midget!

    by David Cloverfield

    He was in 30 Rock and Treshold. Such a tiny guy, but has such a badass look in his eyes.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    If the direwolves are just regular wolves...

    by RedJester

    I might not watch this series. Strong words, I know, but it would seriously piss me off to that degree.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    If HBO PG's this series down to make it less

    by RedJester

    adult/controversial and to gain a larger net audience, I might not watch this series. I mean cmon, it's HBO! If they aren't willing to show nudity, gore, and taboo subject matter when called for, they're not HBO, they're TV.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    And Robert was horribly miscast!

    by RedJester

    Sorry for all the negativity, I'm just worried they're not going to be faithful out of fear of offending the viewership.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Ages of the kids

    by The_Red_Avenger

    It looks like from the photo's that all the kids have been aged a bit. I'll put the real ages in brackets. Bran looks about 10 (he's 7), Jon Snow -19-20. (14), Dany - 19 (13), Joffrey is played by the kid in Batman Begins who Rachel protects towards the end - he's about 10 in that so will be about 15 now (12). So I expect Sansa (11), Aria (9) Robb (14) and Rickon (3) to be aged accordingly. There are a fair number of prominent kids and they will have to be able to act convincingly so ageing them all by a few years would be a sensible thing to do.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Not PG - bring it all on

    by The_Red_Avenger

    EW already mention Cersei and Jaime so I don't think they are going for PG.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Fucking A, of COURSE it won't be PG . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . have the doubters never seen True Blood or Boardwalk Empire? They'll have tits and blood every chance they get.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    These are my concerns with this show.

    by RedJester

    1. Addy is too fat and too short to be Robert. Granted Robert is supposed to have fattened up a good amount since winning the throne, but my god, Addy looks like he's never worked out a day in his life! He looks more silly in his armor than Merry and Pippin did in LOTR which is no easy task! 2. Daenerys outfit in the picture somehow pulls of looking a little too designery while being almost laughably rugged. It's Chic meets Tarzan and not in a good way. That said, all of that would have been forgiven had they just dyed her goddamn eyebrows blond! 3. I keep on hearing that the Direwolves are going to be the size of normal wolves. Not sure if this is true, but if it indeed is, would piss me off to no end. HBO: Use incredibly cheap, incredibly shoddy special effects, I really don't care, as long as you keep the Direwolves, Direwolves, and don't demote them to mere wolves! And sorry for the rambling guys, I'm kinda half baked right now and have gone from excited to more than a little worried in regards to this show.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Tyrion has too much hair

    by nick_noltes_neckhair

    PASS

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    You know nothing, Jon Snow!

    by jackofhearts29

    Wish he didn't have the molestery mustache. Otherwise, everything looks cool to me. Long Live the Targaryens!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    BetaRayBill07

    by Himbo

    You have killed me with a Salmon P. Chase reference. I did not think it possible.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:02 a.m. CST

    RedJester -I think you are worrying needlessly.

    by The_Red_Avenger

    The Direwolf pups are the size of normal wolves. So I expect the actual Direwolves to be much bigger. The pups can rip a man's throat out. So if the pups look like wolves then that's fine by me. I don't mind the eyebrows on Dany being dark. White eyebrows always look ridiculous. If they are pencil thin and dark it just enhances her beauty IMHO. Addy is a fine actor. He's done other things besides comedy. He's actually not that short either. It remains to be seen how he is portrayed. I'd I have one fear myself it is the kids - but I am happy they have aged them all a bit. Despite all the political shennanigans the kids have to carry a lot of it - and you don't want wooden kid acting amidst the treachery and betrayal of the courtiers. I'm sure it will be fine.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    I subscribe to EWeekly.

    by Nice Marmot

    There is a pic of Sansa walking w/ a regular sized wolf. The caption says it is a direwolf. It's barely mid-thigh on her. It isn't w/ the online pics. I think there's a glitch or something because when you scroll through, it says there should be one more that doesn't come up at the end.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    The Direwolves aren't bigger until later in the series

    by skycrapper

    So don't everyone get their panties in a wad. Plus that peticular one (spoiler) doesn't even get to adulthood. Bring on the Iron Throne and the Others!

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Where did you see a pic of a direwolf? I don't see any!

    by Snake Foreskin

    I looked at the EW story and I didn't see any. Ditto for the teaser. Where are you guys looking?

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Robert was supposed to be a fatass. No longer the man

    by Snake Foreskin

    Eddard stood with on the Trident. Eddard hardly recognizes him when he visits Winterfell. But Addy is still wrong for the part. Robert needs to be far handsomer and lustier than Addy. A lot of the casting gives me pause, quite frankly. And the way they made Dany, Jon Snow and Tyrion look is awful. Oh well. No one asked me first.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Oh, man, I can't wait....

    by templesweeper

    I will have to get HBO just for this. Pleeeaaaaassssseee, HBO, give this show a chance to succeed.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Snake Foreskin, see my last post.

    by Nice Marmot

    The pic w/ the wolf is in the magazine but doesn't come up w/ the ones online. If you've seen a wolf before, you know what to expect. Fingers crossed that they will eventually grow much bigger . . .

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Jon Snow looks WAY too much like a pretty boy.

    by Nice Marmot

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Foreskin

    by skycrapper

    Shhhhhhhh.... http://tinyurl.com/23bmo5x there's a post in here that has the Sansa and Lady pic.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I hope they get to three seasons at least...

    by BanditDarville

    The books are brilliant. If you haven't read them go and buy them in the store or on your kindle. I blew through the first three and I don't even like fantasy books! Storm of Swords (the third book) is a doozy!!! This series will be Lord of the Rings meets the Sopranos meets the Wire. Watch the spoilers on here folks! The plot twists in the books are fun as hell.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Skycrapper! I appreciate it!

    by Snake Foreskin

    Yeah, I think the fact that Lady's but a pup at that point makes it okay that she's regular wolf sized. It's the other ones that better get really big!

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Ghost is going to be epic...

    by skycrapper

    at least I hope he is. (spoilers) I love how in the books the pets (Direwolves and Dragons) are treated as characters in and of themselves. We'll see how well that translates to TV. Effects wise they have to nail the Dragons.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to see The Wall . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and some Wild Fire!

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Here's another one for you Direwolves doubters

    by skycrapper

    http://tinyurl.com/332y4f7 From the pilot shoot. You get a good sense of the scale.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Well if that doesn't work

    by skycrapper

    Try this one. http://img408.image shack.us/img408/5523/set photo tollymore2.jpg Sorry

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Thanks skycrapper . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . no doubts now.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    FREY!

    by skycrapper

    Winter is Coming thinks David Bradley (Filch from Harry Potter) is Walder Frey based on clues from GRRM.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Also, McCarthy ain't on this any more

    by Werthead

    He directed the pilot but the pilot has been pretty much totally reshot by HBO go-to director Tim Van Patten, so not much of McCarthy's stuff will be left.

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