Tom McCarthy will helm the fantasy pilot of "Game of Thrones" for HBO.
Peter Dinklage, who starred in McCarthy's first feature "The Station Agent," has been tapped for a key role. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss penned the pilot script based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling "Songs of Fire and Ice" novels. The story is of a power struggle set in a vast and violent fantasy kingdom. Apprently, Dinklage plays the Queen's brother Tyrion, who is treated as an outsier due to his size.
Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger are producing. Benioff and Weiss will additionally serve as executive producers on the project.
Dinklage was last in "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" as well as an episode of NBC's "30 Rock." His upcoming projects include "Saint John Of Las Vegas" with Steve Buscemi, Romany Malco and Sarah Silverman and he's currently filming "Death at a Funeral" helmed by Neil LaBute and starring Zoe Saldana, James Marsden and Luke Wilson.