It seems like you can’t swing a pole in a room these days without hitting a Game of Thrones star who’s in a major movie or TV project.
By Abdulkareem Baba Aminu
By now, one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood is that ratings juggernaut, HBO’s Game of Thrones, is a goldmine for casting directors. From big-budget tentpole movies, to art-house cinema fare, stars from the hit TV series have been landing choice role after choice role and positively shining. Being the suckers for Marvel that we are, however, we drew a list of Westerios’ finest who are appearing — or are billed to appear — in the MCU.
Maisie Williams in ‘New Mutants’
Stealing the hearts of fans since she was 14, Arya Stark’s storyline is one of the most spellbinding in the TV show, made even more so by actress Maisie Williams. Her journey through hell, helped by skills she later garners from The Faceless and other questionable influences, sees her emerge a lethal character at the end of the last season. She is rumored to be playing Rahne Sinclair, aka Wolfsbane, a Scottish mutant with the ability to transform into a wolf in X-Men: New Mutants, in Fox’s X-Men universe of films, helmed by writer/director Josh Boone. The director recently shared artwork depicting Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane on Twitter, causing the rumors to get even wilder, and even more irresistible. A release date has not yet been announced.
Peter Dinklage in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Peter Dinklage, who portrays Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones is a fan-favorite, owing to the colourful arcs he’s found himself in over the seasons. His razor-sharp wit helps, too, as well as the tender heart he hides behind an extremely cynical exterior. He is rumored to have been cast in the biggest comic-book movie ever, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, which has been announced to bring together an unprecedented number of superheroes to the big screen in a battle extraordinaire against supervillain Thanos. His role remains shadowy, but with his skills and charisma, we can guess it’s going to be a doozy.
Iwan Rheon in ‘Inhumans’
Ramsey Bolton is one of the most-hated characters in Game of Thrones, and that’s saying a lot, being a universe that includes many other loathsome villains. Played by Welsh actor Iwan Rheon, he was particularly brutal to some fan-favorite protagonists, making him unforgettable. He was announced recently as having joined the cast of Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ TV show, airing on ABC in the fall of 2017, after it debuts its first two episodes for two weeks in September 2017 on IMAX screens. Set to play the role of Maximus The Mad, a member of the Inhuman royal family and brother to Black Bolt, his past role in Game of Thrones will no doubt play a major role in his interpretation of the sometimes-villainous character.
Sophie Turner in ‘X-Men: Supernova’
Sophie Turner has played Sansa Stark from the beginning of ‘Game of Thrones’ till date, and has arguably the worst tragedies befalling her, more than any other character. She has grown, though, from victim to a powerful young woman who will no doubt be a heavyweight in the coming two seasons. She first appeared in a big budget film in 2016’s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ as Jean Grey, and recently confirmed that she will be in the next X-Men movie, rumored to be a retelling of the now-classic Dark Phoenix Saga. ‘X-Men: Supernova’, as it is currently called, might be directed by writer/producer Simon Kinberg. There currently is no release date announced.
Finn Jones in ‘Iron Fist’
In Game of Thrones, Finn Jones played the knight Loras Tyrell, seeing his story wind to an end in the last season. He stars as Danny Rand on the next Marvel television series on Netflix, as titular character ‘Iron Fist’. All 13 episodes will be unleashed on March 17, 2017, and the actor is set to reprise the role in Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’ series, also on Netflix. That series will unite the Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist characters, pitting them against a common, major threat. Announced for a 2017 release, no exact official release date has been announced.