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Sean Bean Tipped to Play Benny Griessel in Film Adaptation of Thirteen Hours

Sean Bean and Deon Meyer

Alert! Today Deon Meyer revealed to his fans on Twitter the news that Sean Bean (aka Boromir) is tipped to play detective Benny Griessel in the movie adaptation of Thirteen Hours, for which Meyer won the 2011 Barry Award for “best thriller”.

Thirteen HoursThough best known for his role in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Sean Bean more recently appeared as Eddard Stark in HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones, based on GRR Martin’s epic series A Song of Ice and Fire. While Bean’s role in Thirteen Hours has not yet been confirmed, Meyer tweeted, “Producer says negotiations are ‘advanced’”.

Getting ahead on the Sean Bean jokes, Charlie Human referenced the “one does not simply walk into Mordor” Boromir meme, tweeting, “One does not simply walk into Benny Griessel”. Another Meyer fan tweeted that “it doesn’t seem right” for “a Brit to play Benny”, although we certainly think Bean can hold down the role as far as looks are concerned (anyone else think Meyer and Bean could be kinsmen? Stranger things have happened in Westeros). We’ll just have to wait and see how Bean tackles the ultimate thespian challenge – the South African accent.

Meyer has been routinely dropping news about the film on Twitter today, saying that principal photography on Thirteen Hours will begin in Cape Town around March and that former 007 director Roger Spottiswood is attached to the project. There is also a good chance that Bean will continue in the role of Griessel for adaptations of Devil’s Peak and 7 Dae.

Received some very exciting movie news about ‘Thirteen Hours’. Advanced negotiations with great UK actor to play Benny. More soon …Wed Jan 04 04:50:04 via TweetDeck

Sean Bean might be Benny Griessel in movie of ‘Thirteen Hours’. Producer says negotiations are ‘advanced’ … Jan 04 06:57:16 via TweetDeck

Benny kind of likes the idea. Says it makes him less of a Parow Arrow … RT @ClintonV: A Brit to play unique Benny? It doesn’t seem right.Wed Jan 04 07:03:45 via TweetDeck

Absolutely. We thought he was brilliant in ‘Game of Thrones’ recently. RT @Peet_van_Aardt: Good actor .Wed Jan 04 07:00:12 via TweetDeck

One does not simply walk into playing Benny GriesselWed Jan 04 07:07:21 via HootSuite

Former 007 director Roger Spottiswood is attached to the Thirteen Hours movie project …Wed Jan 04 12:09:52 via TweetDeck

And there is a good chance that Sean Bean will play Benny in a trilogy, which might include ‘Devil’s Peak’ and ‘Seven Days’ .Wed Jan 04 12:11:24 via TweetDeck

Release dates for movies uncertain, but producers ‘hope to start principal photography in March, in Cape Town’. So let’s hope …Wed Jan 04 12:14:24 via TweetDeck

@MeyerDeon Some awesome news, Deon. Can I get a cameo? Corpse number 8?Wed Jan 04 12:21:51 via TweetDeck

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