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De-Throned: Angela Lansbury Isn’t Joining Game of Thrones

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De-Throned: Angela Lansbury Isn’t Joining Game of Thrones

Considering she famously starred in “Murder, She Wrote,” Angela Lansbury certainly seemed like a natural fit for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Yet the rumor the 90-year-old actress was heading for Westeros next summer felt a little too good to be true.

That’s because it wasLansbury’s team told Entertainment Weekly the veteran of stage and screen won’t be joining the seventh season of the fantasy drama, despite reports earlier this week she was in talks for a small role.

The rumor began circulating over Labor Day weekend when German tabloid Bild reported that Lansbury was set to appear in a pair of episodes. The rumor appeared credible, as many outlets began to pick up on the news.

A five-time Tony Award winner who received an honorary Oscar in 2013, Lansbury is known for such work as “Gaslight,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” “Gypsy,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and “The Company of Wolves.” She last appeared on screen in the 2011 film “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.”

With the Lansbury rumor debunked, we’re back to “Harry Potter” veteran Jim Broadbent as the only new cast member announced for the seventh season.

“Game of Thrones” is filming its seven-episode penultimate season, which will air next summer on HBO.

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