'Game of Thrones' Enlists Jim Broadbent for Season 7

The casting marks the first news for the penultimate season of the HBO fantasy drama.
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Jim Broadbent

The seventh season of HBO's Game of Thrones is beginning to take shape.

Oscar winner Jim Broadbent has boarded the George R.R. Martin fantasy drama, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported Wednesday by EW, the Oscar-winning and Emmy-nominated actor — whose credits include Iris, Bridget Jones's Diary and a recurring role in the Harry Potter franchise, among others — will have a "significant" part.

Details about Broadbent's role are being kept under wraps, in typical Game of Thrones fashion.

Season seven will be the penultimate season for the series. HBO programming president Casey Bloys has confirmed that season eight will be the final one for the Emmy darling. Season seven will consist of seven episodes and will not premiere until summer 2017 as producers are waiting for colder weather to reflect the creative story in which winter is indeed coming.

Production will begin this summer and will be based in Northern Ireland, while other locations to be featured next season include Spain and Iceland. Shooting locations in Spain include Seville, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.

Broadbent's credits also include Moulin Rouge, Gangs of New York and Eddie the Eagle. He is repped by CAA and Conway van Gelder in the U.K.

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