‘The Exorcist’ star Max von Sydow joins ‘Game Of Thrones’ cast

Legendary Swedish actor will play the Three-Eyed-Raven in season six

Legendary Swedish actor Max von Sydow has joined the cast of Game Of Thrones.

Von Sydow, star of The Exorcist and classic Bond film Never Say Never Again, will appear in season six as the Three-Eyed Raven, taking over from Struan Rodger, who originated the role in Game Of Thrones‘ season four finale.

The Three-Eyed Raven will play a significant role in events that take place in season six, Variety reports, though von Sydow himself won’t have much screen time. Before he makes his Game Of Thrones debut, the veteran actor will be seen in this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in which he has a supporting role.

Season six of Game Of Thrones started shooting earlier this month, and will premiere on HBO and Sky Atlantic in spring 2016. Ian McShane has also joined the cast for season six in an unknown role.

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Meanwhile, HBO’s president Michael Lombardo has recently revealed that Game Of Thrones is likely to run for eight seasons. Lombardo explained that show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who have previously said they would end the show with season seven, are now leaning towards making an eighth season too.

“At this point, obviously we’re shooting [season] six now, hopefully discussing [season] seven. I think they’re feeling like there’s probably two more years after six,” Lombardo told reporters at a US press event last week (July 30).