“Treme” actor Michiel Huisman is once again joining an HBO production in the fourth season of “Game of Thrones,” but another actor will be getting the boot to make room for him.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Huisman will be replacing actor Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis, leader of a band of mercenaries and a love interest for Emilia Clarke’s fan-favorite character Daenerys Targaryen. Huisman’s casting was first announced after his personal trailer posted a photo of him lifting weights to prepare for the role on Instagram.
It’s unclear exactly why Huisman will replace Skrein for “Game of Thrones” season 4. Fan reaction to his portray of Daario was somewhat mixed, but it had more to do with costume changes from the books than Skrein’s acting skills (for reference, when Daario first appeared in “A Storm of Swords,” he died his hair and beard blue and gold. Not exactly a TV-friendly look).
Huisman isn’t the first actor to replace another on the fourth season of “Game of Thrones.” Last week, fansite Winter is Coming reported that the insufferable King Joffrey’s little brother Tommen Baratheon (or Lannister, because of the whole incest thing) had been recast as well. Tommen, who was last seen at the end of season two, was previously portrayed by Callum Wharry, but the slightly older Dean-Charles Chapman will be playing the prince in “Game of Thrones” season 4. Given that Tommen takes on a somewhat bigger role in the last half of “A Storm of Swords,” recasting a more experienced child actor was probably a good move for everyone involved.