'Game of Thrones' Casting for Oberyn Martell: Perfect Actors for the Part

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"Game of Thrones" casting for Season 4 is in its early stages, but word has it already that the upcoming season will debut a number of fan-favorite characters from the books. Among the new characters expected to appear for the first time is Oberyn Martell, also known as "The Red Viper of Dorne." Martell has quite a temper and is famous for having a brood of illegitimate daughters called "The Sand Snakes."

"Game of Thrones" fans are excited to see who will be cast in this exciting new role. Here are some of the top picks to take on this character on one of TV's most-talked about shows.

François Arnaud

The AV Club's Les Chappell argues that the former "Borgias" star should be up for the part. "In my dream casting pool, I'd put François Arnaud into consideration as Oberyn Martell. As Cesare [Borgia], he certainly displayed the force and wit the Red Viper was known for, and given the hot-blooded and sexually active reputation of the Dornishmen, it'd be an easy transition from the lusty Renaissance of 'The Borgias.'"

Cast fellow "Borgias" star Holliday Grainger as Martell's paramour, Ellaria Sand, and tons of "Borgias" fans would tune in. After all, Arnaud and Grainger already have great chemistry. However, Arnaud may be slightly too young for the part.

Alan Rickman

In the books, Oberyn is described as having a lined face, a sharp nose, and lustrous black hair with touches of silver. His appearance is not unlike that of Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" books, which makes Alan Rickman a dream choice for many fans. Capable of fearsome looks, Rickman's broody disposition and commanding voice would make him a great fit for the "Thrones" universe. Rickman would be a big get for the series, which has a history of hiring big-name British stars.

Naveen Andrews

Best known as Sayid on "Lost," this London-born actor was a top pick on Wetpaint's list of dream actors for the part of Oberyn. As Sayid, Andrews routinely walked the line between violent and likable, and that's a characteristic that the actor who plays Oberyn must have.

Faran Tahir

Featured in small roles in the blockbuster movies "Iron Man" and "Star Trek," it's time for Faran Tahir to get a little more time in the spotlight. He has a commanding presence and a powerful voice that would serve him well in the role. Plus, he has tons of geek fan cred from his recurring role on Syfy's urban fantasy series "Warehouse 13."

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