One of the biggest, most sought after roles in Hollywood has been cast and the winner is Caesar, naturally.
Ciarán Hinds, who played the Roman leader on HBO's Rome, returns to the network in the juicy role of Game of Throne's Wildling leader Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, per Entertainment Weekly. Rayder has one goal in mind: to attack the Wall. And he has united all the disparate clans of the Far North to do just that.
Season two of the show ended with Night's Watchman Jon Snow (Kit Harington) being taken to meet with Rayder.
Speculation had run rampant as to who would land the coveted role. Hinds' Rome co-star James Purefoy was the choice of many fans, but I doubt anyone will be too upset with this. Hinds is a powerful actor, who commands the screen whenever he is on.
The show is based primarily in Ireland, which makes this a homecoming for the Irish-born Hinds. He has appeared in Munich, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and John Carter, as well as...ugh...Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Hey, they can't all be winners.
Additionally, another Rome actor is heading to Game of Thrones, as Tobias Menzies (Brutus) has been cast as Edmure Tully, the younger brother of Catelyn Stark and Lord of Riverrun in the wake of their father's death.
Game of Thrones returns March 31, which can't get here soon enough.