Game of Thrones features a massive ensemble of characters, so it’s no surprise that the casting process wasn’t easy. While viewers have come to love the show’s current stars, the series almost looked very, very different. In addition to the famous names who actually turned down roles on the popular drama (only to kick themselves later), there were also many stars who either auditioned multiple times to no avail or got a part, but later got recast. Below, check out 10 actors who almost starred in Game of Thrones:
1. Sam Claflin
This former The Hunger Games star admitted to CinemaBlend that he once auditioned for Game of Thrones, along with — as he put it — “every British actor.” Sam Claflin reportedly read for the roles of Jon Snow and Viserys Targaryen. However, his various film commitments (including Snow White and the Huntsman and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) ultimately kept him from landing a gig on the show.