Season 7 of â€śGame of Thronesâ€ť heads out into the wintery night, thus begins the lengthy hiatus before the seriesâ€™ final Season 8. But for fans who tune in mainly for the performances, these stars obviously arenâ€™t going to disappear from sight.
Until the next batch of episodes arrives, many of the main â€śGame of Thronesâ€ť folks can be seen on screens elsewhere. Some will venture to more TV projects, others are hitched to massive franchises, while a few will pop up in a few hotly anticipated indie film titles. So if you canâ€™t wait until 2018, hereâ€™s a quick overview of what some of the biggest names have on the horizon.
Of all the â€śGame of Thronesâ€ť actors, Dinklage is the one whoâ€™s sticking closest to the HBO family, starring as actor HervĂ© Villechaize in the upcoming biopic â€śMy Dinner with HervĂ©.â€ť Heâ€™ll also have a part in Martin McDonaghâ€™s upcoming â€śThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.â€ť And for fans of great new TV from 2017, â€śThe Handmaidâ€™s Taleâ€ť director Reed Moranoâ€™s latest feature â€śI Think Weâ€™re Alone Nowâ€ť will co-star Dinklage and Elle Fanning in a post-apocalyptic story about isolation. (Based on Moranoâ€™s Instagram shots so far, this one looks fascinating.)
Yes, sheâ€™s set for (presumably) a significant part in the upcoming Han Solo spinoff flick. But donâ€™t sleep on â€śAbove Suspicion,â€ť a romance/thriller hybrid based on a true story from director Philip Noyce. Clarke plays a woman caught up in a marital affair who gradually becomes an informant in a landmark FBI investigation.
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Jon Snow has been front and center this season â€” and Haringtonâ€™s upcoming projects will keep him a headliner. Heâ€™ll not only star in BBCâ€™s â€śGunpowder,â€ť about the infamous Guy Fawkes government overthrow plot, but heâ€™s also on board as an executive producer. On the independent film side, Harington will play the title character in Xavier Dolanâ€™s â€śThe Life and Death of John F. Donovan,â€ť which will likely make its premiere early next year.
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Coster-Waldauâ€™s already had an interesting film year, starring in the Netflix original â€śSmall Crimesâ€ť and the gang crime drama â€śShot Caller,â€ť out in limited release now. Next up on the big screen is â€śDomino,â€ť the latest Brian DePalma flick, which co-stars fellow â€śGame of Thronesâ€ť player Carice Van Houten. Coster-Waldau talked about the shoot in a recent Larry King interview:
One of the 180-degree â€śGame of Thronesâ€ť offseason projects from this cast is â€śFighting with My Family,â€ť a biopic about a young fighter who endeavors to join the WWE. Headey will co-star as Julia Knight, the mother of aspiring pro wrestler Raya Knight (played by â€śLady Macbethâ€ť breakout Florence Pugh). Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, the film will also feature Dwayne Johnson as himself.
â€śGame of Thronesâ€ť Season 8 will probably beat it to screens, but Turnerâ€™s already staked out her post-Westeros career with one of next yearâ€™s biggest superhero spinoffs. After first making an appearance as Jean Grey in â€śX-Men: Apocalypse,â€ť Turner is set to star in Simon Kinbergâ€™s directorial debut â€śX-Men: Dark Phoenix.â€ť
Staying sci-fi adjacent, Turner is also in line to star in the feature adaptation of â€śTime Freak.â€ť Based on the very charming 2012 Oscar-nominated Andrew Bowlerâ€™s short film of the same name, Turner will star opposite Asa Butterfield, with Bowler returning as writer/director.
While Turner is at the front of the next big X-Men story, Williams is presumably part of the next wave. Sheâ€™s set to play Wolfsbane in â€śX-Men: The New Mutants,â€ť starring alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in â€śThe Fault in Our Starsâ€ť director Josh Booneâ€™s take on the younger members of this universe. Sheâ€™ll also be dipping back into the world of voice acting, heading behind the mic for a role in â€śEarly Man,â€ť the new Nick Park stop-motion animated film due out some time next year. Williams will also be part of the upcoming TIFF festivities, with a supporting role in â€śMary Shelley,â€ť a biopic of the legendary â€śFrankensteinâ€ť author from â€śWadjdaâ€ť director Haifaa Al-Mansour.
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Even if Brienne doesnâ€™t feature prominently in the finale, audiences wonâ€™t have to wait very long to see Christie back on TV screens. Along with Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman, Christie headlines â€śTop of the Lake: China Girl,â€ť the newest season of Jane Campionâ€™s masterful SundanceTV series, premiering September 10. (We also hear sheâ€™s in Rian Johnsonâ€™s small Lucasfilm indie project. Perhaps youâ€™ve heard of it.)
AsbĂ¦k will be set for a fall festival trip himself, in Kate and Laura Mulleavyâ€™s â€śWoodshock.â€ť From the haunting first look at the film, this is shaping up to be a Kirsten Dunst showcase. But when the film bows at Venice next month, look for AsbĂ¦kâ€™s sinister-seeming Keith to draw some attention as well.
For Theon fans, Alfie Allen has a role in Shane Blackâ€™s upcoming version of â€śThe Predator,â€ť due out next summer. Nathalie Emmanuel is returning as Harriet in the latest, delayed Maze Runner series installment â€śThe Death Cure.â€ť â€śClevermanâ€ť just wrapped up Season 2 on Sundance, which features Jorah actor Iain Glen in a significant, ongoing supporting role.
And of course, thereâ€™s always room for Kristofer Hivju in his own tremendous Tormund/Brienne fan fic videos.