When George R.R. Martin decided he wanted to write a fantasy series, as is quite clear, he drew a lot of inspiration off of the Lord of the Rings and the lore surrounding Middle Earth in general. As I'm entering the fan competition to recast a movie or TV series, I thought I'd prove that Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire are closely related by recasting the Lord of the Rings using actors and actresses from Game of Thrones.
Of course it would be REALLY long article if I did all the characters from the Lord of Rings, so I've shaved it down
Frodo Baggins - Eugene Simon (Lancel Lannister)
I know he's one of the lesser known actors or characters of the series, but Eugene Simon plays Lancel Lannister, and he seems like the best pick for a Frodo Baggins. He still has the young Frodo look about him, but he'll still be able to portray the Frodo corrupted by the ring, too. Maybe even in a darker and more twisted way than Elijah Wood. We see his character in GoT change drastically, making me believe Simon will be able to pull it off.
Samwise Gamgee - John Bradley-West (Samwell Tarly)
This isn't the only actor that just seems to already play a Game of Thrones version of a Lord of the Rings character. Both characters are called Sam, they both seem a little round and clumsy at first, and as the story progresses, they both show a lot of courage and become very lovable. John Bradley-West is the perfect pick for the part of Sam Gamgee as well as Sam Tarly.
Peregrin (Pippin) Took - Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)
Even though I loved Billy Boyd's portrayal of Pippin in the Lord of the Rings, I felt that the character in the movie was too old. Pippin is a lot younger in the books, so I think that we need a younger actor. Not only does Isaac Hempstead Wright have the right age, but also a certain Hobbit-like look to him.
Meriadoc (Merry) Brandybuck - Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon/Lannister)
Just like Pippin, I felt like Dominic Monaghan as Merry was much too old. Although I know you all want to throw a brick in Jack's face, I am willing to give him another chance as Merry.
The Rest of the Fellowship
Aragorn II - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
Here's another pair of characters that seem almost the same. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is also a very good actor, with the right look and qualities to play both Aragorn and Jaime Lannister respectively.
Legolas Greenleaf - Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
Not only do Kit and Orlando Bloom look alike, but their characters have about the same personality, making our Jon Snow an equally good contester for our gravity-defying Legolas.
Gimli the Dwarf - Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane)
Before I begin this one, I want to mention that I originally had a picture of Gimli instead of Gloin up here, but MoviePilot changed all my pictures, so don't hate on me please.
After watching Game of Thrones one might imagine the lumbering Kristofer Hivju could only play a large character, but the same went for John Rhys-Davies before he played Gimli himself. Hivju's beard is already there, and he also has a great accent that could easily be a spot-on dwarf accent.
Boromir of Gondor - Sean Bean (Eddard 'Ned' Stark)
I know this may be considered cheating, but he IS in Game of Thrones too, and his Boromir was really good in Lord of the Rings.
If I had to choose someone else, I'd go with Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), but I have my doubts about that.
Gandalf - Jonathan Pryce (High Sparrow) or Ian McElhinney (Sir Barristan)
Gandalf was a hard one. If we had Jonathan Pryce play him, the character would have all the old and wise characteristics, whereas if Ian McElhinney took on the role Gandalf would be utterly badass and have an awesome edge to him. It remains a tie. Let me know in the comments who you think is better, why don't ya'?
The Rest of Our Characters
- Arwen Undomiel - Rose Leslie (Ygritte) or Oona Chaplin (Talisa Stark)
Another character I'm not sure about. I think that Oona Chaplin looks more like an Arwen, but Rose Leslie would be able to act the part better.
Elrond - Aidan Gillen (Peter Baelish/Littlefinger)
I think that even though the characters differ a lot, Aidan Gillen looks right and is a terrific actor who would be perfect for Elrond.
Galadriel - Michelle Fairley (Katelyn Stark)
She seems to have that mother-figure vibe about her, but she's also very dangerous and not someone to mess with. Michelle Fairley is my pick for the Lady of Light.
Saruman the White - Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister)
If there's anyone in my recast that I'd say is absolutely spot-on, it would be Charles Dance as Saruman the White. I agree that Christopher Lee is an amazing actor, but I'll go as far to say that Dance would be even better as a Saruman. He not only gave an outstanding performance as Tywin, he looks the part of Saruman.
What do you think? Do you agree with the casting? Don't hesitate to comment!