Westeros gets more crowded every year.
HBO’s Game of Thrones announced several additions to its already large cast at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, including Jonathan Pryce (the Pirates of the Caribbean films) and Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).
Siddig, more recently seen in Da Vinci’s Demons, will play Doran Martell, the even-tempered ruling lord of Dorne and older brother to the late (sniff) Oberyn Martell.
Pryce’s role is the High Sparrow, a religious leader followed by large numbers of the poor and sick. He’s a man of the people who hates corruption… which means he’s going to get along famously with the Lannisters, right?
The fantasy drama also cast three of Oberyn’s bastard daughters, known to readers of George R.R. Martin’s novels as the Sand Snakes. Relative newcomer Rosabell Laurenti Sellers will play Tyene Sand, Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) will play Obara Sand, and British actress Jessica Henwick will play Nym Sand.
In addition, Thrones‘ fifth season will feature newcomer Toby Sebastian as Doran’s son Trystane Martell, who is betrothed to Cersei’s daughter, Myrcella; DeObia Oparei (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Doran’s palace guard captain, Areo Hotah; and Enzo Cilenti (Rome) as a former slave trader who crosses paths with Daenerys.
The series also recast Myrcella, previously played by Aimee Richardson, with newcomer Nell Tiger Free.
Thrones‘ fifth season will bow in 2015.
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More to come…