Whither Mance Rayder?
via Huffington Post:
Dominic West, best known for portraying the villain Jigsaw in Punisher: War Zone (and also a cop on some show called The Wire), revealed in an interview that he turned down a major role in HBO's Game of Thrones.
He couldn't remember the name of the character, but said the reason he turned it down was because he didn't want to relocate to Reykjavik for six months. And since they film scenes for the Night's Watch in Iceland, it's pretty easy to guess which character West was up for: Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall.
Back at Comic-Con, HBO announced a ton of new cast members for the show, but nothing on Mance. Given the way the second season ends the third book bears out, he's got to pop up within the first few episodes of the new season, if not the first episode.
So, what's the deal, HBO? Who's playing Mance? Filming on the third season started last month, with the debut set for March 31.
For those of you who haven't read the books, Mance is a former member of the Night's Watch who left the brotherhood for reasons that I'm sure will be revealed and I won't spoil. He's a major character, and it's a fun, meaty role for the right actor.
My choice? Stick with me on this: David Tennant. I picture Mance as playful and friendly, but with a slightly threatening undercurrent. That's a line Tennant straddled with aplomb on Doctor Who.
But that's me. Who would you cast as Mance Rayder?
If you haven't read the books, how about you just tell us how excited you are for the third season? Because c'mon, this show is great.
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