"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.
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.
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.
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.
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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