With production under way on Game of Thrones Season 7, a rumor surfaced yesterday that the iconic Angela Lansbury has signed on for an unspecified role. Unfortunately, that report has now been debunked, with the actress' team shooting down the report, revealing she has no involvement in the show. The news quickly became a trending topic on Facebook after the first reports surfaced, but it turns out to be a false alarm.
The initial report came from a German news site dubbed Bild, which claimed that the actress had come aboard for two episodes, which would require her to work a total of four days on the set. No details were given about what character she was supposedly playing, or if she hailed from Westeros or Essos. However, unidentified members of Angela Lansbury's "team" told Entertainment Weekly that the report isn't true.
The news also comes days after Jim Broadbent came aboard as the first cast member for Game of Thrones Season 7, but his casting has yet to be confirmed by HBO either. That report didn't reveal which character he was playing either, but there was speculation that he could be portraying one of the characters revealed on a casting call. Out of the nine characters on that list, only an unnamed priest, who is in his 60s and said to have a "moral authority and gravitas," would be within the age range for Jim Broadbent to play. The show is seeing a white actor who uses the British RP (Received Pronunciation) accent, and has a "characterful face."
Game of Thrones Season 7 is set for a Summer 2017 premiere, with the season slated to run seven episodes, three shorter than the show's traditional 10-episode season. Production started much later this year because the show now needs a winter climate for production, since winter has finally come to Westeros. HBO has also confirmed that Season 8 will be the final season of the show, which is believed to span six episodes, but an official episode count hasn't been determined.
Game of Thrones Season 7 will include series veteran directors such as Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa and Alan Taylor, along with series newcomer Matt Shakman. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo, but no further details were revealed. Now that filming is taking place, hopefully more casting news surfaces soon, but it doesn't seem that HBO will be confirming any casting reports this year, continuing a new tradition they started last year before Game of Thrones Season 6.