'Game of Thrones' recasting, 'Camelot' reigns at Starz
Michelle Fairley is in and Jennifer Ehle is out for the HBO fantasy series based on the George R.R. Martin book series, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Fairley will play Catelyn Stark, wife of Eddard Stark, part of a dynastic political marriage. The cast also stars Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage.
Fairley, an Irish actress, will also play Mrs. Granger, a muggle dentist and mother of Hermione (Emma Watson) in the final "Harry Potter" films.
HBO will begin production on "Game's" nine episodes this June in Belfast.
In other TV news:
- "Heroes" star Jack Coleman will star in the Hallmark Channel original movie "Rock the House." Coleman will play ambitious attorney Dave Peterson, who begins to question his single-minded career pursuit once his 25th high school reunion comes around. He begins to reconnect with members of his high school band as well as with his teenage daughter Karen, played by "Big Love's Cassi Thomson. "Rock the House" will premiere sometime in 2011.
- Starz has secured the rights to "Camelot," a new approach to the Arthurian legend, from the team behind "The Tudors" and "Torchwood." Based loosely on "Le Morte d'Arthur," the 10-episode series will air in the first half of 2011. Production will shoot in Ireland and then finished in post in Canada.
"The story of Arthur isn't history, it's mythology, and Camelot isn't a place but an idea of hope that has resonated intensely at different times throughout history," says Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht. "The creative team has envisioned a highly entertaining and distinctly original TV program that fits in perfectly with our lineup, coming on the heels of our successful original series 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' and the returning comedy 'Party Down,' along with our recent acquisition of the event series based on Ken Follett's 'The Pillars of the Earth.'"
Casting is currently underway, aiming for a production start date in June.
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