Sure, Brad Pitt has tons of fans, but what is it he’s a fan of? Well, after fronting a small fortune for the privilege of watching an episode of Game of Thrones with one of its biggest stars, we’re guessing he’s a fan of GoT and Emilia Clarke, for starters.
At a charity gala to benefit a celebrity-backed Haitian relief effort, the World War Z actor escalated a bidding war all the way to $120,000, just to have the almost-scary opportunity to hang out with Clarke while watching her play Daenerys Targaryen on the small screen.
Crazy thing is, he lost. According to Variety, an unnamed bidder charged past Pitt’s $120,000 bid, ultimately landing Clarke’s company (and no doubt some enviable behind-the-scenes commentary) for the queenly sum of $160,000. What's that say for the show's (and Clarke's) phenomenal popularity?
True, Pitt will just have to yell at the TV all by his lonesome when the show’s eighth and final season hits HBO, but it’s hard to feel sorry for a guy who isn’t exactly hurting for things to do. In addition to filming World War Z 2, David Fincher’s delayed sequel to the hugely successful first film, Pitt’s already got another sci-fi project in the works: the James Gray-directed Ad Astra.
Ad Astra will feature Pitt as Roy McBride, an Army engineer who traverses the solar system to search for his father (played by Tommy Lee Jones), who went missing during a mission to Neptune to seek out alien life. Gray’s described the movie, according to Deadline, as a deep-space take on Joseph Conrad’s infinitely adaptable Heart of Darkness.
Ad Astra is slated for release in 2019, and with any luck, World War Z 2 will be out by then as well. As for Clarke, it looks like we’ll also be waiting until 2019 (just like Brad Pitt!) to see her make one final return once Game of Thrones kicks off its final season.