Jim Broadbent Joins Cast Of Game Of Thrones

Let the season 7 hype begin

The starting pistol for Game Of Thrones season 7 hype was fired today with the first new casting announcement – Oscar winner Jim Broadbent will appear in a role HBO have described as 'significant'.

No other details have been released but – naturally – that has not stopped the fan theories. The leading guess so far is that Broadbent – who won best supporting actor for Iris at the 2002 Academy Awards – will play either an archaester or an older Howland Reed (the man who saved Ned Stark in Bran's flashback to the Tower of Joy in season 6).

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Broadbent's capture represents another flex of power from the show when it comes to recruiting stellar British acting talent – last season Richard E. Grant and Ian McShane where both frittered away on minor characters

Game of Thrones season 7 - which will feature only seven episodes rather than 10 – will be broadcast in the summer of 2017.