“Game of Thrones” is one of the most talked-about shows on TV, and when something has that level of public attention, you can bet that casting directors are going to be watching in the hopes of snagging some of those actors for their own future projects. Looks like that’s exactly what happened with actor Miltos Yerolemou, who played swordsman Syrio Forel (Arya Stark’s teacher) in the first season of the HBO series. The BBC reports that Yerolemou has joined the cast of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.
Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth on “Game of Thrones,” was added to the cast back in June. Some suspected that her casting was due to fan outcry when the initial casting of the film was revealed, and some fans thought the film could use more women in the cast. We’ve since heard speculation that Christie’s role was actually gender-swapped: it was the role that Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugo Weaving were rumored to be vying for, but Abrams and his team apparently decided there was no reason the part had to go to a man, so they cast Christie instead. Good on them. And though Christie and Yerolemou never met on screen during “Game of Thrones,” perhaps they’ll cross blades on the set of Episode VII.
The BBC says that because of the fact that Yerolemou wielded a sword in “GOT,” there are bound to be rumors that he’ll pick up a lightsaber in the new film – but they couldn’t confirm that. In fact, all they said about his role is that it is “not thought to be a major one.” Well, no kidding – he would have been announced a long time ago if he had a major role. But as with Ray Park’s Darth Maul in the prequels, it seems that you wouldn’t hire someone with a skill like that unless you intend to see it used on screen. Lucasfilm refused to comment on the casting, so we’ll have to officially consider this a rumor for now, but it sounds pretty plausible that the man who once played Syrio Forel will be holding a sword for a much larger audience very soon.
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