Game of Thrones’ Samwell Tarly replaces Frozen star in huge role away from series

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Disaster movie aficionado Roland Emmerich has tapped Game of Thrones’ John Bradley for his first major role after the series ended last year. After portraying faithful steward and Jon Snow’s best friend for eight years on HBO, the British actor will step in as an eccentric scientist in Moonfall, replacing Disney’s Josh Gad. 

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The voice behind the Frozen series’ adorable snowman Olaf has had to step down from a role in Roland Emmerich’s new disasterpiece, Moonfall. 

Game of Thrones’ Josh Bradley has been confirmed to replace the Disney star, reports Deadline.

One of Bradley’s first roles after HBO’s fantasy epic came to an end last year, his character KC Houseman is described as an ‘eccentric and unkempt genius’.

Gad unfortunately had to bow out of the film due to scheduling conflicts; he was most recently seen in Disney’s Artemis Fowl, and currently lends his voice to new cartoon comedy Central Park.

John Bradley remained one of the most enduring and endearing characters of Westeros.

Despite Thrones’ callous reputation, Samwell Tarly managed to outlive many of his co-stars, and joined the revived Jon Snow in the final moments of last year’s finale. 

The thrilling synopsis of Emmerich’s new blockbuster is very on-brand for those familiar with his previous directing efforts.

Moonfall kicks off when the Moon is knocked off its orbit and begins hurtling towards Earth.

Bradley’s Houseman is set to trigger the ensuing chaos when he makes the horrific lunar discovery. 

An official summary for the film read: “With mere weeks before impact and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation.”

Director Roland Emmerich has built a career on pioneering special effects and outlandish disaster premises, and Moonfall sounds right up his alley.

The blockbuster filmmaker is best known for directing both Independence Day films, as well as similar action flicks 2012, The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down.

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Thrones star John Bradley will also be joined by The Hunger Games’ Stanley Tucci. 

Tucci is currently receiving acclaim for his co-starring role in Supernova alongside Colin Firth, but is no stranger to more mainstream fare. 

The Award-winning star has recently appeared in Michael Bay’s Transformers films, and will next be seen in upcoming major releases, The Witches and The King’s Man. 

Moonfall’s exceptional cast also boasts X-Men’s Halle Berry, Boardwalk Empire breakthrough Charlie Plummer and The Conjuring’s franchise lead, Patrick Wilson.

Distributed by Lionsgate and produced by Emmerich, the picture is currently aiming to start shooting this autumn in Montreal. 

However, due to continuing coronavirus concerns, estimates for the film’s eventual release date are tentative at best. 

Moreover, it is currently unknown how many upcoming major films will enjoy a release on the big screen or settle for streaming services and video-on-demand.

Game of Thrones is available to stream on Now TV.

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