Updated on 9-9-2016 by Parker Hall: Angela Lansbury’s representatives have said that the actress will not appear in next season’s episodes of Game of Thrones, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Nothing is official at this point — in fact, the report is pretty far from official — but the unconfirmed casting news indicates that the three-time Academy Award nominee and 18-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee will play a small (but important) role in the penultimate season of the hit HBO series. The performance will reportedly require just four days of filming for the veteran British actress, with her character appearing in two episodes of the series.
The report connecting Lansbury to Game of Thrones arrives via German news outlet Bild (as translated by The Independent), and suggests that the actress will play a part similar to that of Ian McShane in the sixth season, who appeared in just one episode but played a pivotal role in one primary character’s story arc.
If the report regarding Lansbury proves true, she might join fellow British actor Jim Broadbent as one of the series’ newcomers in the seventh season. Broadbent’s involvement is also unconfirmed at this point, but he’s rumored to be playing a significant role in the season.
Production on the seventh season of Game of Thrones began last week in Northern Ireland. Cameras began rolling later than usual on the season due to the need to incorporate the winter season in the series’ next story arc, and shooting is expected to continue in Spain and Iceland over the course of filming Season 7.
The hit HBO series received 23 nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards at the upcoming television award ceremony, more than other series. The penultimate season of the series will consist of just seven episodes, and will premiere at some point in 2017.