The seventh season of Game of Thrones is still some way off but the excitement surrounding the next runof the medieval fantasy show has been cranked up by the news Jim Broadbent has joined the cast.
A veteran actor best known for his work alongside director Mike Leigh as well as in big-budget films like Moulin Rouge and Bridget Jones, the 67-year-old has signed on for what has been described as a “significant role”.
Game of Thrones has served up plenty of casting surprises in the past with any number of random British actors who previously starred in everything from Hollyoaks to Casualty making an appearance.
Broadbent’s casting might just be the biggest yet though, with rumours already rife about the role he will most likely take on.
Most fans appear to think Broadbent will take on the role of Marwyn the Mage, an Archmaester who resides in the Citadel.
A strong, powerful and wise master, Marwyn is known to experiment in human anatomy and spiritualism in the books and later comes to the side of Daenerys Targaryen.
With Samwell Tarly meeting Marwyn in the Citadel – where he was left at the end of season six – the character is likely to appear in the new season with Broadbent the ideal physical fit for a character that combines sorcery with some degree of brute force.
Broadbents’s arrival and potential casting in the role of Marwyn could also set up a potentially tasty encounter with his equivalent at King’s Landing, Qyburn, who is played by Anton Lesser in the show.
Failing this, fans have theorised that Broadbent could be cast in an entirely new role that amalgamates Marwyn with several other yet-to-be-introduced characters from the books.
Filming has just commenced on the new series, which will consist of just seven episodes and is scheduled to air next year on HBO and Sky Atlantic.
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