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Our movie cast wishlist for Marlon James' 'African GoT'. You saw it here first

Durga M Sengupta | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 1:24 IST

Move aside George RR Martin, for Man Booker Prize Winner Marlon James has announced his next book -- an 'African Game of Thrones'. That's right.

James has gone all out and expressed his annoyance with the lack of African representation in mainstream fantasy fiction. On being asked what the Brief History of Seven Killings author was writing about, he surprised all and said that he's ready to "geek the fuck out" and write an "African Game of Thrones". (Are we dreaming this?)

Marlon James_Neil Hall/Pool/AFP

Photo: Neil Hall/Pool/AFP

James, in an interview to Man of the World magazine, said:

"African folklore is just as rich, and just as perverse as that shit. We have witches, we have demons, we have goblins, and mad kings. We have stories of royal succession that would put Wolf Hall to shame. We beat the Tudors two times over."


While we're super stoked at the notion of a non-Caucasian (and super promising) fantasy book series to come from an award-winning writer, when it comes to anything remotely Game of Thrones-ey, we like to jump the gun. Or the cannon, in this case.

Presenting, our wishlist for the inevitable TV series. You may not agree with it, and that's okay.

Ramsay Snow - Eka Darville

Aussie Eka Darville has that perfect charming smile that might turn sinister any second. If you know what we mean.


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Theon Greyjoy - Blake Young-Fountain

So, Theon is a bit unhappy with his biological family and if we were to go by Young-Fountain's Wiki description, he was named after his mom's favourite TV character from the series Dynasty. There, there, Blake.


Photo: GoT still/IMDB

Lord Varys - Forest Whitaker

Um, when was the last time you saw a bad performance from Whitaker? That and the perfect head shape makes him our Varys.


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Petyr Baelish - Anthony Mackie

Mackie has essayed rather versatile roles in the past, and who but Littlefinger is expected to play too many people at once?


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Brienne of Tarth - Adepero Oduye

Oduye made her mark in 12 Years a Slave despite Lupita Nyong'o, and her strong acting chops earns her this character.

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Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Margaery Tyrell - Nicole Beharie

Beharie is Margaery waiting to happen. She's talented, intelligent and stunning. Also, she's not bad at sex scenes. (Think Shame)


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Melisandre - Kerry Washington

Washington can hold her own in any scene. Also, she's sexy as hell. And just imagine her in reds.


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Danaerys Targaryen - Naomie Harris

Because James Bond's Moneypenny is both cool and concerned. And so is Dany. Imagine Harris taming dragons and playing queen. Yep.


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Tyrion Lannister - Idris Elba

Nope, we're not going to put a token short man like Tony Cox in there. Elba should do justice to Tyrion and for the rest, there's CGI.


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Cersei Lannister - Zoe Saldana

Oh yes. This show needs to happen. As much as we adore Lena Headey, Saldana might just make for a kickass Cersei.


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Jamie Lannister - Michael Ealy

Okay, he's stunning. We may be biased but it's Jamie! And imagine Ealy and Saldana together. We'll stop there.


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Brandon Stark - Quvenzhane Wallis

We don't discriminate on the basis of sex. Especially not when the actor in question is as talented as Wallis.


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Arya Stark - Amandla Stenberg

There's something edgy about The Hunger Games star Stenberg that pushes us to believe she can do justice to Arya.


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Sansa Stark - Yaya DaCosta

DaCosta was a fashion model. Something Sansa would love to be in the 21st century we're sure. Let the poor girl have her wish for once?


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

Jon Snow - Michael B Jordan

Remember that great actor from Fruitvale Station? That's him. Now while the other characters we have listed here are all officially alive (so far), we'd like to continue believing in Jon's return. Hence, he gets the intense and emotional Jordan.


Photo: GoT still/Official Facebook page

First published: 15 December 2015, 10:36 IST
Durga M Sengupta @the_bongrel

Feminist and culturally displaced, Durga tries her best to live up to her overpowering name. She speaks four languages, by default, and has an unhealthy love for cheesy foods. Assistant Editor at Catch, Durga hopes to bring in a focus on gender politics and the role in plays in all our interactions.