And Monica Bellucci as Elaria Sand.
Right idea, wrong person. Monica's like 45 now. While the Sands are very sexy and all, I don't think you need to cast a renown foreign actress in a bit role that's 20 years under her actual age.
The key folks from the next book are Stannis, Melisandre and Davos. I'd be very happy if Mel was actually cast as someone of a different ethnicity; it always bugged me that she was basically right out of the North or the Riverlands despite hailing from Asshai. An Indian would likely work, as would someone from the Far East. I don't think Padma's particularly a good actress, though, and I don't think she's particularly fierce like Mel is.
I'm kind of worried that if they go with "exotic" for Mel, there will be a lot of backlash over the one exotic character being a seductive, evil witch.
That's fair, I guess. And it is against her actual description which they've stayed very close to the books so far.
Edited by Kalbear, Apr 19, 2011 @ 11:19 AM.