Game of Thrones Vet Lands Lead Alien Role in Syfy's Childhood's End Mini

Charles Dance

Charles Dance aka Game of Thrones‘ Tywin Lannister has landed a key role in Syfy’s miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End.

Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Dance will play Karellen, the Overlords ambassador who makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren.

Karellen’s reassuring words and technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, triggering decades of seeming utopia (albeit at the cost of human identity and culture). Yet his refusal to reveal his physical appearance — and insistence on dealing only through Ricky — cause some people to question his intentions.

Syfy’s six-hour Childhood’s End mini is being penned by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC’s Life on Mars) and exec-produced by Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) and Mike DeLuca (The Social Network), to premiere sometime in 2015.

Dance’s other TV credits include Strike Back, BBC’s Bleak House and ITV2’s Trinity.