Some more important characters set to be introduced in season 2 of HBO’s hit new fantasy series, Game of Thrones, now have actors to portray them.
Live Feed is reporting that the characters Stannis Baratheon, Davos Seaworth, and Melisandre have all been cast. Stannis, of course, is the biggest of the three, being the brother of King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. HBO has announced that they have cast Stephen Dillane in the role. Dillane has previously appeared in numerous roles, including Hamlet, Spy Game, The Hours, King Arthur, and the HBO miniseries, John Adams, where he played Thomas Jefferson.
Also newly cast is Liam Cunningham, who’s set to play Davos Seaworth, and Carice van Houten, who was cast in the role of Melisandre. Cunningham is known for his roles in Jude, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Centurion, and Clash of the Titans. Carice van Houten is known for her work in Black Book, Valkyrie, and Repo Men, to name a few.
Previously cast is The Tudors star Natalie Dormer, who will play Margaery Tyrell, and Gwendoline Christie, who will play Brienne, Maid of Tarth.
Production on season 2 of Game of Thrones is set to begin on Monday, while a season premiere date has not yet been announced. Though it’s safe to assume the show will return around spring, 2012.