It’s quite difficult to imagine anyone other than Emilia Clarke as the Mother of Dragons in Game of Thrones. However, there was a possibility of Marvel star Elizabeth Olsen landing the role of Daenerys Targaryen, that is if she had not blown up her audition for the role. After the show wrapped, the GOT spin-off series, House of the Dragon surfaced in 2022, and fans were hooked. Owing to the popularity of the show, talks of Season 2 had begun.
Expected to release in 2024, speculations transpired that Superman actor Henry Cavill and WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen might join the cast of House of the Dragon this season. Unfortunately, both the actors canceled the rumors by clearly stating that they might not get featured. While Cavill felt that it was just not for him, Olsen can’t move on from her disastrous GOT audition.
Elizabeth Olsen recalled her worst audition ever
Before gaining massive recognition in Hollywood as Wanda Maximoff, and her superhero counterpart, Scarlet Witch, the 34-year-old actress sought a part in Game of Thrones. Having started her acting career at the age of four, Elizabeth Olsen felt she could ace the lead role of Daenerys Targaryen. Talking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2021, Olsen revealed,
“I auditioned for, like, the assistant to the casting director in a small room in New York with just a camera on me and them reading the script. I was doing the Khaleesi speech when she comes out of the fire. It was awful. I didn’t get a callback.”
Interestingly, the American actress recollects it as her worst audition story, per Vanity Fair. Detailing her embarrassing audition, Olsen added that the crew was confused on the character’s specifics, and urged her to perform the part in both, American and British accents. “Terrible” and “bad” is how the notable actress described her experience.
Will Henry Cavill be cast in House of the Dragon 2?
While it is explicit why Elizabeth Olsen would never make it to Westeros ever, DC star Henry Cavill has a distinct insight. Cavill clarified the rumors at a live-stage interview which set the story straight on his association with the franchise.
Starring in the drama series The Witcher, as Geralt of Rivia, the actor opened up about his thoughts on getting cast in House of the Dragon. In an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast with Josh Horowitz, the 40-year-old star drew similarities between The Witcher and HOTD’s actors. He said,
“I mean, to be fair, when I was watching House of the Dragons I was like, ‘I feel like a lot of these guys can make really good witches…those wigs are good.”
Nevertheless, when asked upfront about a probable feature in the HBO series, Henry Cavill stated,
“I think it’d be cool to be in Westeros, I really do. I don’t think there’s a place for me in there though.”
House of the Dragon is set in a timeline of 200 years ahead of Game of Thrones, unraveling the fight for the throne among the silver-haired heirs of House Targaryen. Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, season 2 of the GOT prequel series shall be released in summer 2024, showcasing an ensemble cast.