Bookspot Central has an article claiming that another major role in HBO’s upcoming adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones has been cast. Sandor Clegane, fan-favourite who bears the ominous nickname of The Hound, will be played by a fellow named Rory McCann.

Rory McCann, cast as The Hound in HBO's Adaptation of A Game of Thrones Rory McCann, cast as The Hound in HBO's Adaptation of A Game of Thrones
Rory McCann is the tall man on the right

IMDB biography of McCann:

Six foot six inches tall, with brown eyes and dark hair, Rory McCann from Glasgow began his working life at the top – as a painter on the Forth Bridge in Scotland. He came to notice in a television commercial for Scotts’ Porridge Oats, in which he appeared as a scantily-clad hunk in a vest and kilt and little else wandering snowbound streets but warmed by the inner glow of the porridge. He claims that as a consequence he was often approached by people demanding that he “lift his kilt.” In 2002 he was seen in the TV comedy-drama ‘The Book Group’ playing a wheelchair-bound lifeguard, a part for which he won a Scottish BAFTA award for the best television performance of 2002. Since then he has taken television roles as Peter the Great and a priest in ‘Shameless’. He made his Hollywood debut in Oliver Stone’s ‘Alexander’. He divides his time between homes in London and Glencoe, Scotland, where he aims to have his own castle. He is an accomplished singer, pianist and harmonica-player as well as an all-round sportsman.

Once again, the casting crew at HBO has certainly found someone who looks the part (a hulking 6’6″ is certainly impressive), and as long as the acting holds up, it looks like we have another great addition to the already fantastic cast. Of course, until we get official confirmation, take it all with a grain of salt.

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  • Dave September 30, 2009 at 1:16 am

    I’m waiting with baited breath for this series. And perhaps it will push GRRM to write the remaining books faster than one per five years… ;-)

  • Amber July 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I am not happy about this casting choice…I am very nervous that this show will not live up to the books.

  • Dee McDowell April 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Perfect casting, he’s doing a splendid job, so naysayers….. :-p

  • Dee March 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Well, I think he’s done a wonderful job of bringing Sandor to life ! This season ( 3 ) will be a big one for Rory’s character !