Casting for Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” is moving swiftly, and HBO revealed the newest additions today at Comic-Con International.
Members of the kingdom of Dorne — the late Prince Oberyn’s (Pedro Pascal) desert homeland — make up a sizable portion of the announcement.
Dorne plays a key role in author George R.R. Martin’s novels “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance with Dragons,” which Season 5 is based on. Elements from both novels — originally intended by Martin to be one book — have already been featured in Season 4 and may stretch into Season 6.
Joining the series for Season 5:
–Alexander Siddig will play Doran Martell, Oberyn’s older brother and the ruling lord of Dorne. Siddig is known to sci-fi fans for playing Dr. Bashir on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
–Toby Sebastian (“After the Dark”) will play Trystane Martell, Doran’s son and heir to Dorne. He is betrothed to Cersei and Jaime Lannister’s daughter, Myrcella.
–Nell Tiger Free (“Broken”) will play Myrcella, who was shipped off to Dorne in Season 2. Aimee Richardson previously played the role.
–Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”) will play Obara Sand, a deadly warrior and one of Oberyn’s bastard daughters.
–Jessica Henwick (“Spirit Warriors”) will play Nymeria Sand, another of Oberyn’s bastard daughters.
–DeObia Oparei (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) will play Areo Hotah, an officer with Doran Martell’s palace guard.
–Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (“The Whistleblower”) will play Tyene Sand, another of Oberyn’s bastard daughters. Her mother is Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma), who accompanied Oberyn to King’s Landing.
–Jonathan Pryce (“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”) will play the High Sparrow of King’s Landing, who becomes an influential religious leader as the season progresses.
–Enzo Cilenti (“Next”) will play Yezzan, a former slaver.
See HBO’s video that introduces the new cast members here.
“Game of Thrones” is HBO’s most-watched series and is based on Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels. It puled in 19 Emmy nominations this year, including nods for best drama series and acting by Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Diana Rigg.
The series chronicles a treacherous clash among royal families to secure ultimate power in Westeros, a vast kingdom facing peril at every corner. It stars Dinklage, Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington.