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Natalie Dormer Now a Tyrell Rose


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#1 Westeros

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:09 PM

Natalie Dormer, perhaps best known as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors, has been cast as Margaery Tyrell—only daughter of Lord Mace Tyrell and sister to the Knight of Flowers, Ser Loras—according to EW’s James Hibberd. There’s minor spoilers in Hibberd’s post, if you don’t want to know where Margaery fits into the story, don’t look.

Admittedly, Dormer is rather older than we had expected for this role, but of course she will doubtless play younger. Dormer is 29, while Finn Jones is 23—Loras is about a year older than Margaery in the novels, on the other hand.

Perhaps most notable about the news is the fact that Hibberd states she’s joining the regular cast of the series. The show—famous for having quite the large regular cast—seems likely to be expanding Margaery’s presence in the TV show, as compared to the novel, where she appears in what’s essentially two scenes.



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Posted 23 June 2011 - 07:10 PM

Are they expanding her role? I'd really, really, really hate that. We'll only get 10 episodes and quite a lot happens in Clash - if they want to expand Robb's role and
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, I don't think we have any more time for Margaery. Maybe she was cast as a regular because of
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and because she is a relatively known actress, who probably has a good agent.

I remember that in The Tudors, there was a guy who was cast as a regular but he barely appeared and another who was in almost every episode and was just a guest star (the latter was the Spanish ambassador, maybe the former was too), because of how much pull they had and what was in the contract. I can only hope this doesn't mean that they'll expand her role in the series *too much*. There's no room for it!

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 07:44 PM

And I'm calling it...

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On the plus side, at least Margaery starts "naked as her name day" in the same scene!

On the whole regular cast aspect of things: Conleth Hill, the actor who portrays Varys, needs recognition in the opening credits. It's amazing that Rory McCann (our strong and silent Hound) got opening credits billing and Conleth Hill, an actor with a bazillion more lines (and more importance, too) did not. I know that the difference comes down to agents negotiating terms -- but still.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 08:31 PM

A bit older than I expected for the character, but if she's a good actress I could care less.

Now what is this business about her being a series regular?

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 10:01 PM

Hmmm I have seen her on the Tudors a bit, and I'd say she is a decent actress for sure. That being said, I really dislike this choice x.x my tune may change when I actually see her performance but it just feels wrong to me. Dormer is 29 and while I know that Sean Bean in almost 20 years older than his book counterpart, his character had an older, wiser, feel to him IMO. I think she looks quite young for 29 and I know they have aged up all the characters in general, but there is no way she can pass for a teenager. From my reading of the series Marge seemed mature for her age emotionally, but her youth was a big part of her character. Here's this 16 year old girl going head to head with Cersei and the Lannisters. A slyer/more confident version of Sansa in a way. That's what I liked about her, she's another child playing the GOT. I think having her a full grown woman kind of takes away from her character in a sense.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 10:02 PM

I'm very excited that Dormer is joining the cast. She was the shining star in season two of The Tudors and I greatly look forward to what she will do with Margaery.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 11:34 PM

She's not how I imagined Margaery, but Dormer will suffice I suppose.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 11:51 PM

was my pick for Melisandre.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 12:57 AM

It should be pointed out, the large amount of speculation, built on speculation, going on in this thread and being complained about...

Dormer is much older than book Margaery, yes, but she can and does look young, and beside the "old maiden" reason, is there a plot-restrictive reason for her not to be Loras's older sister on the show?

Just a thought.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:00 AM

I think she can pull it off, she's got this baby face about her, so it'll be down to her performance, which should suffice. A good thing too since I rather like Margaery myself. Soooo looking forward to Season 2 once again, can't wait for the next announcements /biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' />

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:12 AM

It should be pointed out, the large amount of speculation, built on speculation, going on in this thread and being complained about...

Dormer is much older than book Margaery, yes, but she can and does look young, and beside the "old maiden" reason, is there a plot-restrictive reason for her not to be Loras's older sister on the show?

Just a thought.

I don't think there is any reason why they must mention if she is older or younger at all on the show. In fact, I think it would be odd if they made any mention of it whatsoever, it's not like it would exactly flow into everyday conversation.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:28 AM

She's definitely pretty, but I'll hold praise until we actually see her on-screen. From the pictures I've seen of her, she looks a little old to be playing someone who is not much older than Sansa (only 3 years, if I recall correctly).

On the other hand, I've seen some . . . adult pictures of her from The Tudors, and in one of them she does look like she could portray 19 or 20.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 02:13 AM

From the pictures I've seen of her, she looks a little old to be playing someone who is not much older than Sansa (only 3 years, if I recall correctly).


She doesn't need to be a character that young. I think she can play older Margaery that's around 23-25 years old. The tone of some of Margaery's stuff would change from her being that age, but it's still workable, especially with a capable actress like Dormer. She won't be the exact same Margaery from the books, but a lot of characters have and will continue to change for the TV series.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 02:15 AM

OMFG etc, her eyebrows are completely wrong and stuff!!!!

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 02:21 AM

She doesn't need to be a character that young. I think she can play older Margaery that's around 23-25 years old. The tone of some of Margaery's stuff would change from her being that age, but it's still workable, especially with a capable actress like Dormer. She won't be the exact same Margaery from the books, but a lot of characters have and will continue to change for the TV series.


Well, Margie's age is a bit less crucial than that of, say, Robb, or Sansa. But they would have to readjust a lot of plot if they pass her as mid-20. Or they just pull off a Lane Kim ...

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 02:24 AM

I can't understand all the criticism.

Yep, she is older than Marg but everyone is older and I think that with make up and everything she will look perfectly like a girl of 23/25.

Having said that, since she will be a regular and she is older than her book counterpart, I would not be surprised if they merge her charachter with the QoT.

I mean, it would be really economic and would give more charisma to Marge charachter.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 03:17 AM

Wow, she looks a lot like how I imagined Margaery. Whether she's 16 or in her early 20s doesn't matter - either way she's politically precocious. The regular cast billing probably has more to do with agents than screentime, but I'm sure she'll be great. /smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 03:26 AM

Yes. An option. I think we'll see a QoT but there is that possibility.


Yep, there will be a QoT but what I'm saying is that Margery could be the player of the game in the Tyrrel family and not just a pawn in the QoT plans. That could work really well for the showdown with Cersei in AFfC.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 03:26 AM

Great news! She's a bit older than what I imagined Margaery would be, but overall, I think she'd be perfect. I can't wait to see her and Cersei, and Sansa!

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 03:47 AM

HBO is probably expanding upon Margaery Tyrell's initial role in book two for season two, aside from her larger role that evolves in later books. They need a strong female actor to be an antipodal to Cersei. Natalie Dormer can pull this off. Her casting should make for some excellent scenes with Lena Headey. Aside from being stunningly gorgeous, Natalie is an excellent actor. I'm sure HBO has something up their sleeve here. With regards to age, Natalie has a very young looking face and I did not even realize she was 29. As most have said, this shouldn't be an issue, especially with most of the characters being aged up anyway, and would just make the impact of a certain political move, with respect to the character, look even more political.