Major Casting Change in HBO’s Game of Thrones

Rather unexpectedly Catelyn Stark, one of the leading protagonists in HBO’s upcoming A Game of thrones have been recast.

In the pilot she is played by Jennifer Ehle but she has unexpectedly been replaced by Michelle Fairley in the following nine episodes. Edit: The scenes with Ehle in the pilot will be re-shot with Michelle Fairley. Reason for the change is believed to be scheduling conflicts. (thr)

The series are scheduled for early 2011.

Irish actress Michelle Fairley has been tapped for a co-starring role on the adaptation of the George R.R. Martin book series.

The project, recently picked up to series to premiere next spring, is a sprawling tale set in the mythical land of Westeros that tells the story of the noble Stark family who become caught up in high court intrigue when patriarch Eddard (played by Sean Bean) becomes the king’s new right-hand man.

Fairley will play Catelyn Stark, Eddard Stark’s wife, who originally was betrothed to his older brother. When the older brother is killed, she fulfills her duty by marrying Eddard and securing the alliance between their two houses.

Fairley replaces Jennifer Ehle, who played the role in the pilot.

Production on the show’s nine-episode order will begin in Belfast this June.

source thr

Link: Michelle Fairley’s page on wikipedia