After hearing the news that Horace Slughorn from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — that's Jim Broadbent to you — is going to play a mysterious character in the seventh season of Game of Thrones, we hear that the Murder, She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury is all set to make a special appearance in two episodes of the next season.
According to German news site Bild, the 90-year-old star is the latest addition to the cast. The star of the 12-year long crime series is going to spend four days filming her scenes. Though there's no consensus on who Lansbury will likely play yet, nor is there official confirmation from HBO, this is just one more reason to tune into Game of Thrones' penultimate season.
Angela Lansbury has always had an affinity to the gory and the mysterious. She played the titular role of a mystery writer-turned-amateur detective Jessica Fletcher in the crime drama, and had us spellbound with her Sherlock-esque wit. Each episode in the series had its own unique murder mystery that Jessica Fletcher helped solve and later wrote about. Murder, She Wrote started in 1984, and had a 12-year run because of its popularity.
Though best remembered for playing the nosy writer Jessica Fletcher, Lansbury has a huge list of performances to add to her credentials as an actor. She appeared in 1944's Gaslight opposite Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Playing the house maid Nancy, Lansbury held her own against established stars and earned an Academy Award nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role.
She was nominated again the next year and won a Golden Globe for playing dance hall lady Sibyl Vane in The Picture of Dorian Gray, adapted from Oscar Wilde's story of the same name which followed the story of a man who makes a supernatural pact to remain young at a high cost.
In addition to her screen work, Lansbury is regarded as an international performer. Lansbury landed the lead role as the titular character in the musical production Mame (1966), playing a grand free spirit who attempts to guide her nephew down a true-to-self path.
This was followed by her part as the mad Countess Aurelia in Dear World (1969) and then as the famed Mama Rose in Gypsy (1974). Lansbury later portrayed special pie chef Mrs. Lovett in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (1979). Lansbury won Tony Awards for Actress in a Musical for all four of these productions.
She again won the Tony Award for the 2009 play Blithe Spirit, a revival of a Noel Coward play about a man who was haunted by the ghost of his ex-wife.
Game of Thrones' seventh season is scheduled to debut in 2017.