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Casting: Game of Thrones, American Horror Story stars land roles; Fantasy Island, Witcher find actors

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Oct 10, 2018, 1:11 PM EDT

As shows like Game of Thrones come to an end, its cast will all need to find new roles to help them escape those that have defined them in pop culture for the length of their run. Sometimes, like with Kit Harington, that means playing characters who are adjacent in personality to the ones that made them famous. Other times, like with Emma Roberts, that means taking on projects in the complete opposite direction.

According to Deadline, GoT’s Harington is going to join a project about an animated, accident-prone dragon by voicing Sir Gadabout in the one-off animated special Zog. Rather than fighting or seducing dragons, Harington will join a much more wholesome draconic practice this Christmas on BBC One. From the creators of The Gruffalo, the Max Lan and Daniel Snaddon-directed Zog is a tale of a school-going dragon and all his shenanigans — including battling knights like Gadabout.


Deadline also reported that American Horror Story’s Emma Roberts has taken on a voice role — but one a little different than her infamously witchy role in that series. Roberts will be playing Wedgehead in the animated toy-based film UglyDolls. While we don’t know much about the flat, one-eyed goofball’s character traits, we do know that the film will involve plenty of famous musicians and a soundtrack aimed to sell - think of how the Trolls movie approached its toy adaptation. UglyDolls is set to invade theaters on May 10, 2019.


A few actors have also boarded genre projects that are on their way. First were the female leads opposite of Henry Cavill in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Freya Allan will play Geralt’s surrogate daughter Ciri, and while Anya Chalotra will star as his on-again-off-again flame Yennefer.

Also revealed in the casting announcement were Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson as her husband Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as magical newbies, and Millie Brady as Princess Renfri. Phew. The show is certainly shaping up to be as epic and detailed in its varied medieval politics as the novels and games, just through sheer number of characters alone.

Finally, we have Jimmy O. Yang, who’s landed a spot for himself on Fantasy Island. Blumhouse and director Jeff Wadlow are giving the TV show a film adaptation with a spin heavy on its supernatural elements and Yang’s going to be one of its victims. He’s playing Brax, a guest visiting the island with his adoptive brother and plenty of greedy ambition (not a far cry from his Crazy Rich Asians breakout character). Things don’t bode well for Brax, as there’s nothing magic loves more than dramatic irony. The film is still in the early stages of production.