Game of Thrones now has a potions master in its employ.
The HBO drama has cast Oscar-winning British actor Jim Broadbent, whose many credits include playing Hogwarts’ Prof. Slughorn in the Harry Potter films, in a top-secret role in Season 7, EW.com reports.
No details are available on the character, so let’s make like Drogon and light those speculation fires, shall we? It’s possible Broadbent, who is 67, will play the 60-something “priest” referenced in casting notices that became public in August. But it’s also entirely possible that he’ll fill a different part altogether. (If you’ve got a guess, log it in the comments below.)
Whomever Broadbent will bring to life, we won’t meet him until summer 2017, thanks to the production needing more wintry conditions for shooting the upcoming season.
“Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” HBO’s president of production, Casey Bloys, said in a statement in July. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
Broadbent won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar in 2002 for Iris. In addition to prolific film work, his British TV credits include London Spy, Only Fools and Horses and The Boss.
Which Thrones role do you think Broadbent will fill? Drop a note in the comments below.