Jim Broadbent, the 67 year old actor who has been part of the Harry Potter series and other movies like “Moulin Rouge” and also bagged an oscar for his role as “John Bayley” in the movie “Iris”, is the latest Hollywood sensation to be cast in Game of Thrones.
His role is speculated to be significant in season 7 and we think he could be playing one of the following parts (from the upcoming season’s casting calls):
- General: “In the age range 40 to 55. He’s a senior military officer, and they’re looking for a white actor who uses the British RP accent. The actor is needed for the week of September 6th.”
- Priest: “In his 60s. He’s a venerable priest with moral authority and gravitas. The show is seeking a white actor, using an RP accent, with characterful face for this part. He’s scheduled to shoot one week, from September 22nd.”
- Merchant: “In his 40s. The merchant appears at an inn during a busy evening. They’re seeking a character actor, for a non-combatant role. His appearance is more open, including ethnicity/race. That suggests a character appearing somewhere in Essos- or a place we’ve never been before, since Daenerys is now on the move. This part is scheduled to shoot the first week of November.”
We have included the possibilities of Broadbent playing a man in his 40s or 50s because Ian McShane (73) played the role of Ray, a part that was pitched for a man in his 40s. But out of the 3, the venerable priest in his 60s looks the most suited for Broadbent.
However, all of this is just speculation, we will have to wait months before we can confirm anything. Till then, happy speculating.