Game Of Thrones has some of the most creative actors of all time and not only do the majority of the actors strongly resemble the characters that George R.R. Martin made for his Song of Ice and Fire series, but they also make sure that their roles are true to the characters that they portray.
In brief, the showrunners completely nailed it. However, at times fans like to visualize what would’ve happened if some other actor had played the same role.
Everyone will agree that no one else will play Cersei Lannister as good as Lena Headey. Moreover, now that we’ve experienced her multi-dimensional and daunting performance, it’s tough to consider anyone else playing the Lannister Queen Regent.
But when fans come up with a strong option and use Photoshop correctly it’s absolutely promising to think about a substitute option. Only then can we decide whether or not that option would have been better. In some cases, it’s possible to visualize other performers better fitted for the roles.
1. MARK STRONG AS STANNIS BARATHEON
It’s tough for anyone to make Stannis Baratheon likable, however, Stephen Dillane did more than a satisfactory job bringing him to life. He even gave Stannis a few moments to show some love for his daughter. Several fans feel like Sherlock Holmes and Kingsmen star, Mark Strong, would have been a stronger selection.
2. GILLIAN ANDERSON AS CERSEI
As numerous fans know, Gillian Anderson was actually offered the role of Queen Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones. But, the hugely successful X-Files and Hannibal actor turned down the role as she didn’t feel she could leave her young children for an extended period of time. Shooting North American-based TV shows were just easier for her.
3. GARRETT HEDLUND AS RHAEGAR TARGARYEN
Such a large number of fans were thrilled to see Dany’s long since passed older brother, Rhaegar, depicted on screen. But, he was only seen for a short time in a flashback sequence at the end of the most recent season of Game of Thrones. The actor who depicted him, Wilf Scolding, did an excellent job. It’s tough to say anything more about it because he was there for a blink of an eye.
If the show had cast someone like Garrett Hedlund as Rhaegar, they maybe would have done more with the character. The Tron Legacy star is a heartthrob but moreover has some charisma and acting skill to pull off the extremely significant character. There’s also a physical likeness between him and actress Emilia Clarke, who plays his sister Dany.
4. AMANDA SEYFRIED AS MELISANDRE
Amanda Seyfried would have been a totally unusual preference for Melisandre than Carice van Houten. Most especially, there’s age dissimilarity between the two. Considering that Game of Thrones is completely mythological, anyone could play the classic Red Priestess.
Actually, if Seyfried did play Melisandre, it would have been even more comprehensible why such huge numbers of people fell under her magic charm. Her eyes are amazingly expressive. They’re almost like magnets to the mind. Thus, it’s simple to envision how she would use them to bewitch the minds of Stannis and his followers.
5. LILY COLLINS AS SHAE
Shae was believed to be a character from a far-off land. Thus, it made sense why Sibel Kekili was cast to depict her on the early seasons of Game of Thrones. It may have been even easier for Tyrion to fall in love with Lily Collins.
Collins would have been an even better selection for the character of Shae for many reasons. If you’ve seen films like Stuck In Love than you know that Collins can play both lively and romantic; qualities that Shae absolutely had to have. Collins also has shown her multiplicity in movies for example The Mortal Instruments, Love, Rosie, Mirror Mirror, and To The Bone.
6. SAM CLAFLIN – JON SNOW
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire celebrity, Sam Claflin, was in fact offered the role of Jon Snow before Kit Harrington made him iconic. While Harrington is almost synonymous with “Jon Snow,” Claflin may have been the better selection. Both of them are expert at playing the muscular quiet nature who’s humble initially but soon shows vast worth.
7. BRADLEY JAMES AS TOMMEN BARATHEON
One Game of Thrones fan, who goes by “Queen Catelyn Stark”, was truly eager on fan-casting Merlin actor Bradley James as young Tommen Baratheon. Chances are, casting James wouldn’t have gone over well with the hardcore Song of Ice and Fire fans. This is for the reason that the character of Tommen was already aged up when Dean-Charles Chapman played him.
James is a striking actor who is experienced with the fantasy genre. He also would have made Tommen more age suitable for Margaery Tyrell. If Tommen had survived to age, James would be the best selection to play him. At the very least, he looks as though he could be correlated to the Lannisters.
8. MAHERSHALA ALI AS XARO XHOAN DAXOS
It’s possible that the makers of Game of Thrones are in fact unhappy that they didn’t cast Mahershala Ali in the role of Qarth-merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos. The Oscar-winning celebrity of Moonlight actually auditioned for the role but told Jimmy Kimmel that he lost out on it as it was one of the most awful auditions of his life.
Still, a good casting director can see past a awful audition. They should have been aware that this guy could truly act. Not only would Ali have added an unbelievable aspect to Xaro Xhoan Daxos that wasn’t actually there to begin with, but he also would have made the character likable.
9. ORLANDO BLOOM AS RHEAGER TARGAREYN
The making of this image confirms that fans would have been delighted to see Orlando Bloom as Rhaegar Targaryen. Though the character was depicted by a lesser known actor for a very short amount of time in the show, chances are the role would have been lengthened if Orlando
Bloom showed interest. Bloom is mostly fantasy royalty. Not only did he star as Legolas in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, but he was also Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean. Audiences would totally consider that this man began a war that ruined the Targaryen Dynasty and brought the Baratheon and Lannister families to power.
10. JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER AS WAYMAR ROYCE
Who is Waymar Royce? Well, he’s just the first person to be killed on Game of Thrones. That’s type of a big deal, no? If you can’t remember, Royce was one of Night’s Watch members who traveled North of the Wall in the pilot episode. He then deals with a White Walker, who kills him almost immediately.
Though the role was tiny, it would have been unbelievable if Jamie Campbell Bower got to keep that role. He was originally Royce in the unaired pilot for the show, but he was substituted by another performer when the episode was reshot. Having Campbell Bower in the show would have been a grand piece of nerdy trivia, as he also plays a Young Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter.
11. SAM HEUGHAN AS LORAS TYRELL
Finn Jones is perhaps even happier that he got to represent Sir Loras Tyrell now that his Iron Fist Netflix show is canceled. Jones did a very excellent job with what he was given, but evidently, fans would have favored Sam Heughan. Unluckily, that never came to pass, even though Heughan auditioned for Game of Thrones a total of seven times! One of the roles that Heughan auditioned for was Loras Tyrell.
12. ADELAIDE KANE AS LYANNA STARK
Lyanna Stark is basically the Helen of Troy of The Song of Ice and Fire story. She is the lady that unintentionally caused a war to begin that brought an end to the Targaryen Dynasty and put the Baratheon and Lannister families in power. She, thus, should have been played by someone as compelling as Adelaide Kane, which one fan recommended.
Kane is best well-known from her starring role on CW’s Reign, where she depicted Queen Mary Stuart. Kane has more than enough acting skills to enthrall the entire audience to fall in love with her– a quality that whoever played Lyanna Stark required.
13. JARED HARRIS AS THE HIGH SPARROW
It turns out that Jared Harris really auditioned for the role of The High Sparrow and lost out to Jonathan Pryce. The Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows star would have been ideal for the highly controlling spiritual leader. After all, he’s had experience perfecting that attribute while playing Professor James Moriarty.
He would have added a level of charisma and appeal that was missing in the character. Thus, we would have actually liked him rather than just stressing over him climbing the ladder. Harris has proven his merit in several shows and films, including The Crown, AMC’s The Terror, Mad Men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and The Expanse.
14. DAKOTA FANNING AS GILLY
It’s not that Hannah Murray does a pitiable job of portraying Gilly, it’s that Dakota Fanning would have been the more experienced option. Fanning is one of those child actors who not only stayed out of difficulty but also became a better theatrical as she matured. If you need evidence of this, look at The Alienist, Brimstone, or The Runaways.
15. HOLLIDAY GRAINGER AS MYRCELLA BARATHEON
In order for this fan’s dream casting selection to have been chosen, Game of Thrones needed to have been made a few years before it did. Holliday Grainger was a little too old for the role of Myrcella Lannister, even when Myrcella was still breathing. Though, Grainger would have been a better choice to what we got on the show.
Grainger possesses the traits of both an immature love-driven young woman and the sharp intelligence of a Lannister. The Borgias star would have taken the character on a far more intricate journey than what we got on the show.
16. COLIN FIRTH AS KEVAN LANNISTER
Kevan Lannister was terribly underused on Game of Thrones. If the show had selected Colin Firth to depict Tywin’s brother, chances are, he would have been better used.
Firth also requires more opportunities to play tactical leaders like Kevan. The Oscar-winning actor could have elevated the role to the stratosphere. Not only would the audience actually care about Kevan if Firth played him, but he’d swiftly become one of the fan favorites. How could anyone deny someone as multitalented as this King’s Speech, Love Actually, A Single Man, and Kingsmen actor?
17. CARRIE-ANNE MOSS AS ELLARIA SAND
Anything goes in a fantasy world such as the one in Game of Thrones. Having said that, Carrie-Anne Moss would have been a stellar pick for Ellaria Sand, Oberyn Martell’s paramour. Moss is one of those actors who can cautiously walk the fine-line between elegant and ferocious. She did so as Trinity in The Matrix, and even maintains parallel qualities in Netflix’s Jessica Jones as Hogarth.
Moss’ eyes can radiate that blinding fury that is such an essential part of Ellaria’s role on the show. Moreover, it would be cool to see Moss go toe-to-toe with Lena Headey.
18. JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY AS LYANNA STARK
Because of the fact that Lyanna Stark has already been portrayed on the show, fans can only discuss about who should have played her. Previously we talked about one fan’s wish of seeing Adelaide Kane in the role. However, another fan would have loved to see Jessica Brown Findlay as the mother of Jon Snow.
Findlay is a mainly good option as she has a lot of experience in the fantasy and costume drama genres. She’s played vital roles in Downton Abbey, Winter’s Tale, Victor Frankenstein, Albatross, and Harlots. Findlay is brilliant at pulling off grace, an attribute essential for the character of Lyanna Stark.
19. KEIFER SUTHERLAND AS JAMIE LANNISTER
When you think about Keifer Sutherland as Jamie Lannister, it’s simple to perceive why some fans would love to see him in the role. The guy is just so great at pulling off the creepy, self-centered, good-looking, lead character. That’s exactly who Jamie was at the start of the show.
Sutherland also has the flairs needed for Jamie’s well-written journey of self-discovery and repentance. Though Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is complete excellence in the role, the 24 star maybe would have been just as strong. It would have also been an appealing turn for Sutherland. The character, after all, is remarkably intricate.
20. NICOLAS CAGE AS STANNIS BARATHEON
Everyone loves making fun of Nic Cage. The huge majority of his latest films have been less than enjoyable, causing him to be the ultimate B-movie star. But Nicolas Cage is an Oscar-winner. He can be an absolutely brilliant actor and starred in superb movies, for example, Leaving Los Vegas, Adaptation, Raising Arizona, and Moonstruck.
21. EMILY BROWNING AS MAERGERY TYRELL
Natalie Dormer brought everything she had and more to the character of Margaery Tyrell. Actually, she made the character far more fascinating than she was in the books. But we also can’t resist the urge to picture Emily Browning as the late, social-climbing Queen. In fact, she perhaps would have been perfect for the role. Browning has shown that she has all the qualities to play a character like Margaery.
She’s shown her grace in God Help the Girl. We’ve seen her energetic heart in A Series of Unfortunate Events. We’ve seen how she can use her good looks as a weapon in Sleeping Beauty. And we know just how controlling she can be from her role in American Gods. In brief, this doe-eyed actress would have been more than ideal as the Tyrell Queen.
22. BERNARD HILL AS THE MAD KING
We haven’t yet got a long enough flashback of The Mad King to really decide whether or not David Rintoul was the accurate casting option or not. Since the character is so crucial to the history of the story, it’s promising that we could get a longer flashback sequence in the coming season of the show.
It would be great if the filmmakers re-evaluated their casting choice and hired Lord of the Rings actor Bernard Hill as an alternative. Everything we require to know about Bernard Hill was in his performance as King Theoden.
Not only did he depict the King of Rohan as a intricate leader, but he also played him during his “mad” times. Hill has more than enough experience playing a crazy king. He’d be ideal for Aerys Targaryen.
23. MACKENZIE FOY AS SANSA STARK
Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark has had more than a few stellar moments on the show, but she can be a little unpredictable. It took a long time to charm us to the character. This is something that Mackenzie Foy wouldn’t have a trouble doing. Not only is Foy closer in age to the Song of Ice and Fire character, but she’s also shown her flexibility as an actor.
24. NATALIE PORTMAN AS MARGAERY TYRELL
Natalie Portman may just be one of the greatest actors of her generation. She’s always shown great depth, heart, grace, and class in her roles, even in the broken or highly manipulative ones. Therefore, she’s the most excellent for the role of Margaery Tyrell. There’s simply no chance that Natalie Dormer or Emily Browning could contend with someone as brilliant as Portman.
Portman is the kind of actor who falls intensely into her roles. This implies she’d likely evaporate into the character of Margaery. We’d never notice a flicker of acting. We’d just see the character. Unluckily, Portman starring as Margaery is an impracticality. It’s just a fantasy of a few fans that will never work out as expected. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the idea.
Source: Screen Rant