There’s good news and bad news for “Game of Thrones” fans this year.
George R. R. Martin’s sixth installment of his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series isn’t scheduled to come anytime soon, but there is suddenly a surplus of film projects for the actors who appear on the hit HBO series adaptation of his books.
Here’s a roundup of where you can catch your favorite “Game of Thrones” actors on the big screen this year:
Release Date: Feb. 6, 2015
Ned Stark may have bit the dust at the end of Season 1, but Sean Bean hasn’t been missing from fans’ screens much since then. On Feb. 6 he can be seen opposite Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in the Wachowskis’ latest, “Jupiter Ascending,” about an ordinary girl who turns out to be the rightful Queen of the Universe. Let’s hope Bean’s character survives long enough to see her reign.
The Seventh Son
Release Date: Feb. 6, 2015
“You know nothing, Jon Snow” may as well be the motto of Kit Harington’s character in “The Seventh Son” as well, as the trailer shows Ned Stark’s bastard pretty quickly succumbing to capture and likely death at the hands of rival witches and wizards. Ben Barnes plays the titular Seventh Son and will receive an assist from Jeff Bridges and Alicia Vikander in defeating Julianne Moore‘s evil antics.
The King in the North did not survive the Red Wedding, but Richard Madden is back as royalty again in “Cinderella,” in which he plays a live-action Prince Charming to “Downton Abbey” star Lily James’ Cinderella. This Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Disney’s classic cartoon fairy tale also stars Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter as Cinderella’s fairy godmother. Here, at least, Madden is pretty much guaranteed a happily ever after.
Woman in Gold
Release Date: April 3, 2015
Tywin Lannister was the imposing patriarch of the Lannister clan on “Game of Thrones,” but Charles Dance is much more unassuming as a lawyer who advises Ryan Reynolds’ character when the younger man is tasked with trying to retrieve a piece of priceless art from a museum — in a courtroom battle. Helen Mirren plays the woman who’s laying claim to the painting in question, while Tatiana Maslany plays the younger version of her, who fled her home in WWII under threat of Nazi invasion.
She plays the Khaleesi’s handmaiden on “Game of Thrones,” but Nathalie Emmanuel gets to kick ass and be part of the gang in “Furious 7,” which is the final installment of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise that will feature Paul Walker’s founding member Brian O’Conner. The storyline of this one involves Jason Statham stepping in as the new villain intent on avenging his brother’s death in “Fast 6.” Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne Johnson all return to reprise their roles.
The Longest Ride
Release Date: April 10, 2015
She was part of one tragic couple on the show, now Oona Chaplin may be part of another one on the big screen. “The Longest Ride” is the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, and we all know what that means. Even more unfortunately for Chaplin’s chances of survival, her storyline — opposite Jack Huston — takes place in the past. In present day, it’s Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood doing the falling in love. Somehow the two love stories will intersect — and it probably doesn’t end happily for anyone.
Playing a military official shouldn’t be much of a stretch for Charles Dance aka Tywin Lannister. Set during Stalin’s Russian reign, “Child 44” follows Tom Hardy as a Soviet agent who becomes the subject of suspicion from his own government while investigating a series of grisly murders. Noomi Rapace plays his wife, who keeps secrets of her own.
The Age of Adaline
Release Date: April 25, 2015
Michiel Huisman has romanced everyone from Connie Britton on “Nashville” to Tatiana Maslany on “Orphan Black” and of course Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys on “Game of Thrones,” and in April he will take his wooing skills to the big screen. Blake Lively plays a woman who miraculously stops aging after a catastrophic accident. When decades pass and she finds her everlasting youth more of a burden, Huisman shows up to make her glad she’s able to keep her youth and beauty long enough to meet him.
Ed Skrein didn’t stick around “Game of Thrones” long enough for fans to get used to him as Daario Naharis — paving the way for Huisman to take the role of Daenerys Targaryen’s lover — but he quickly lined up a potentially bigger gig. Taking over for Jason Statham, Skrein will debut as Frank Martin, the badass titular action hero who will transport anyone or anything, no questions asked, for a price. “Legacy” is an origin tale detailing Martin’s humble beginnings.
Release Date: July 1, 2015
From one badass to another, Emilia Clarke is ditching the desert for the apocalyptic future to play Sarah Connor, an action heroine perhaps even more iconic than Daenerys Targaryen. “Terminator Genisys” starts where the original 1984 did, but puts its own twist on things, bringing in Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney and — of course — Arnold Schwarzenegger.
About as far from Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones” as you can get, Peter Dinklage playes a member of a ragtag team of video game nerds who are tasked with saving New York City from aliens when they decide to use classic arcade games as the model of their attacks.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Release Date: Sept. 18, 2015
In between “The Maze Runner” and sequel “The Scorch Trials,” Thomas Brodie-Sangster’s “Game of Thrones” character got killed off. But he will return to fight by Dylan O’Brien’s side in the continuation of the popular YA adaptation, and as an added bonus, will be joined by some “Game of Thrones” cast members as well: Aiden Gillen and Nathalie Emanuel both join the franchise for the second installment.
After dying to further Jon Snow’s story, Rose Leslie will pop up on the big screen to aid Vin Diesel in “The Last Witch Hunter.” As the title suggests, Diesel plays an witch hunter who must keep warring clans of witches in New York City from wiping out humanity. Leslie will play a witch who teams up with him in his quest and naturally fall for him along the way.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Release Date: Nov. 20, 2015
On “Game of Thrones” she uses her wiles and manipulation powers to bend men to her will, and in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” Natalie Dormer uses the image of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss as a propaganda for war. “Part 2” concludes the saga also starring Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, as Katniss, along with her allies, goes to war against the shadowy Capitol, the ruler of the dystopian society set forth in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling YA trilogy. This film also has bonus “Game of Thrones” content for fans, also featuring a turn from Gwendoline Christie, best known for playing Brienne of Tarth on the show.
In the Heart of the Sea
Release Date: Dec. 11, 2015
Another casualty of the Red Wedding, Michelle Fairley, aka the late Catelyn Stark, shows up in Ron Howard’s newest film, “In the Heart of the Sea.” Chris Hemsworth leads a cast who play the real life crew of the Whaleship Essex, who are under siege by a giant whale, a disaster that ultimately became the basis for Nathanial Hawthorne’s “Moby Dick.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Release Date: Dec. 18, 2015
Even if Gwendoline Christie wasn’t in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” you’d see it anyway since it’s “Star Wars,” but the fact that Brienne of Tarth has a mysterious role in the film is an added bonus. The whole project is very mysterious, of course, though we do know it takes place several decades after the events of the original trilogy, and Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all back to reprise their roles. Newcomers in addition to Christie include Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisey Ridley, Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson. And of course, new crossguard lightsabers that the internet is already collectively losing its mind over.
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Nym Sand (Jessica Henwick)
Tyene Sand (Rosabell Laurenti-Sellers)
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Obara Sand (Keisha Castle-Hughes)
Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger-Free)
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Melisandre (Carice Van Houten)
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger-Free) and Trystane Martell (Toby Sebastian)
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Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds)
Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
Varys (Conleth Hill) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)
Podrick (Daniel Portman) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie)
Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson)
Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Cersei (Lena Headey)
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and Areo Hotah (Deobia Opaeri)
The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)
Jon Snow (Kit Harrington)
Cersei (Lena Headey) and Ser Meryn Trant (Ian Beattie)