Game of Thrones casts Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent cast in Game of ThronesAward-winning British actor Jim Broadbent has been cast in an undisclosed role for the seventh season of Game of Thrones.

Broadbent is the first new cast member to be announced for the highly anticipated penultimate season of the fantasy epic. According to a report by Entertainment Weekly, no details have been revealed about the character Broadbent will be playing other than the fact that his role will be “significant.”

Broadbent is known for playing a large range of roles from an Emmy-nominated turn in Longford, his Oscar-winning role in Iris, and to playing Potions professor Horace Slughorn in the Harry Potter films.

He isn’t the only Potter alum, however, to be a cast member on Game of Thrones. Some examples, according to the EW article, are Natalia Tena (Tonks in the Potter films and Osha on Game of Thrones), David Bradley (Filch and Walder Frey), and Ciaran Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore and Mance Rayder.)

Since Game of Thrones has already started covering material not published by George R. R. Martin in his A Song of Ice and Fire book series, any details about the plot of the next season are being kept under wraps. Producers of the show are being extra careful to ensure that no spoilers about the upcoming season leak online.

As previously reported, the next two seasons of Game of Thrones will be the last of the series. Game of Thrones season seven will film in Northern Ireland, Spain, and Iceland and will have only seven episodes, less than the usual ten. The show recently earned 23 Emmy nominations, the most of any nominee for those awards.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air next year on HBO.