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Lena Headley joining ‘Game of Thrones’

Lena Headley, last seen as the lead character in Fox’s "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," is sticking close to the sci-fi/fantasy realm for her next role.


The Chicago Tribune’s Mo Ryan broke the news Tuesday that Headley has joined the cast of HBO’s red-hot pilot "Game of Thrones." Her role: Cersei Lannister, "a woman of royal blood who is every bit as smart, cunning and devious as the powerful men around her," according to Ryan’s scoop.


Peter Dinklage and Mark Addy had already been announced for the pilot, which is set to shoot this fall in Ireland.


While "T:TSC" wasn’t much of a ratings success, Headley broke through big time with sci-fi fanboys, er, aficionados. Her casting could give the complex-sounding "Game of Thrones" a more populist bent, a la HBO’s still-exploding "True Blood."


Of course, HBO has to greenlit "Game" to series. With "Boardwalk Empire" and "Treme" already on the network’s go list for dramas, even the cash-happy HBO might have trouble figuring out how to make room for all its new product.