Daario Naharis Recast in Game of Thrones

By Cian Gaffney on Aug 29, 2013 to Game of Thrones

michiel_huisman__1377820432_109.76.13.196The Hollywood Reporter has shared the news that Michiel Huisman will be appearing in the upcoming 4th season of Game of Thrones. Huisman will be familiar to HBO fans for his portrayal of the drug-addled street musician Sonny in Treme.

Huisman will be replacing Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis, the sellsword in service to Daenerys.

HR reports that:

Word of Huisman’s casting first surfaced on Instagram, where his trainer posted a photo of the actor bulking up to prepare for Thrones.

Mr. Huisman is one of many significant new castings for season 4, joining Pedro Pascal, Indira Varma and Roger Ashton-Griffiths as they enter the Thrones family.

This isn’t the first time an actor has been swapped. Ser Gregor Clegane has been played by two actors at this point. Find out more about that in our extensive interview with Conan Stevens, the original Mountain.

What are your thoughts on this casting? Were you a fan of Ed Skrein, or are you happy to see Huisman step into the role?  Will it confuse some viewers?

Author’s Note: Personally, I am delighted with the news. I was a fan of Skrein’s Daario, and I am sad to see him go, but these things happen and we have to move on. However, being a huge fan of Treme, I know Huisman definitely has the acting chops to take on this role. On top of that, I think he more accurately fits the description of Daario’s appearance as per George R.R. Martin’s descriptions. Nevertheless, this is sure to cause some large-scale confusion among fans once the show returns.

Game of Thrones Season 4 will premiere in spring of 2014.  We’ll provide an exact air date here when we have it.

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Milo
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This sucks! Ed Skrein has the looks and THAT smile s totally a Daario’ smile! Argh.. what a bummer…

WaldaFrey
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just because he is good looking, does not mean he is right for the part. good on HBO for not wanting to make the mistakes that hollywood has been making for the last 20 years.

BadRecast!
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ha…does that BS apply to the ‘ladies’ on the show? BS, they guy is borring and unappealing—ruins the scene.

Crystal Clark
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But how does Ed Skrein have the looks, when Daario had a beard, blue hair, gold mustache, and wore ridiculously opulent yellow clothing? I’m not knocking HBO for the changes they made, but you can’t really say he looks like Daario when Daario didn’t look like that. And if you haven’t read the books, then you’re only basing his looks on how he’s portrayed in the show. So in effect, you would be saying that he looks like himself and that Huisman doesn’t look like Skrein, which is kind of an unfair comparison. Unless you’re strictly saying that Skrein was… Read more »
natasha
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As if the new character bears a closer resemblance to the book description. He’s even worse. At least Ed was dreamy.

Crystal Clark
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I don’t know, Skrein came across as very skeevy to me. I think Huisman came across as much more likeable than Skrein. Personal opinion though. :)

Kera
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u do realize Martin is involved in casting, he chose Ed to portray Daario. Ed should be the guy. and if shows switch up actors for contract reasons, they should at least try and find someone who looks similar and portrays the character as close to the same as possible. I’m upset, i liked Ed.

Jeanie
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We’re devastated!!! We watch as group and thought that Ed Skrein did a superb job. The chemestry between them was astronomical. We’ve read all the books and Ed was perfect even if he didn’t look like the character in he book. He looked a lot better!!! We were looking forward to seeing Dany and Daario in the next “chapter” would have been amazing! It’s one of the parts in the series that you can wait to see. very disappointed. Might just wait to read the next book by George R.R. Martin in our book club.HBO was doing a pretty good… Read more »
CrabPeople
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how can you condemn huisman before he has even had a chance to show us what he can do? daario has had very little screentime up untill this point and to be honest, I personally won’t miss him. I found his performance to be flat and lacking in conviction, especially next to Emilia Clarke and Iain Glen. A pretty face does not a second son make

BadRecastEver
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does that ‘pretty face’ BS apply to the ‘ladies’ on the show, yeah right….the point is regardless of the ‘book version’ of the character, the original actor was interesting and attractive to us women folks–you guys have lots of ‘eye candy’ it was nice for us to have someone who was interesting and attractive, this new guy is not interesting nor attractive—I could kick his ‘hobbit’ a$$……he ruins the scene, hope his character in this ‘hbo’ version gets swallowed whole by one of Danny’s Dragons—–the blue one–brahahhhhhhh….

Nicolai
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Agreed. But all you said doesn’t apply exclusively for the ladies watching the show. Any secure fella could tell you that Daario had charisma and good looks. He was smooth, similar to the original Jaqen Hagar, before he switched faces on Arya. Jaqen and Daario were (are) sexy men, period. It doesn’t matter what gender is viewing them. Homophobes won’t admit when a guy is a hottie or has “it” goin’ on. My wife and I were quite fond of Daario, right from the start. Both of us are rather tired with character replacements not being cast well, or even… Read more »
AlRussell
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So, they’re going to take one of the very few nice looking men (who isn’t scruffy) and hire another “stark lookalike” scruffy guy to replace the hottie? I’m seeing a “Type” preference pattern here. I’ve got no problem with the shaggy look, but we have a plethora of those populating this show, Jaime being the exception. Let us have one different looking character please?

To be fair, the new guy isn’t all that bad and the first guy did seem a tiny bit too clean and polished. Michiel’s got a certain charisma. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Crystal Clark
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I can’t imagine that they would recast him and totally change the way the character looks as well (or at least not right away) as that would cause even more confusion than a simple recast. Likely they would make him clean shaven and give him the long hair that Skrein had as well.

AlRussell
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I don’t see them recasting any of the female hotties. I guess providing US with eye candy isn’t important to the powers that be. Shame. He seemed to be doing a fine job to me.

BadRecasting
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AIRussell you are exactly right! No one is replacing the numerous boobie bitches! Sorry, to the male folks out there, women are just as visual as you guys and I would appreciate some ‘eye candy’ meeeself!

Sad Panda
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why why why why…why?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Deborah Rosa
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I Cant believe they replaced Ed Skrein’s Daario,I thought he did a superb job in that role. I think its a huge mistake!!!!! the chemistry between Emilia and Ed jumped off the TV Screen. I was looking foward to seeing him in Season 4 what a bummer :(

Froggage
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This Daario Naharis recast is a disaster. Ed Skrein’s Daario was supremely easy on the eyes, he had panache, and he definitely had both sex appeal and a slightly snaky vibe. And unlike some of the HBO posters, I felt that sparks flew between Skrein and Emilia Clarke. In short, he was perfect. No, he didn’t look like the Daario in the books, but (1) the show hasn’t stayed faithful to the book’s skin/hair color/styling descriptions regarding many of characters from Essos, and (2) the Daario in the books sounded like an off-brand Vegas magician, which, no thanks. Huisman simply… Read more »
BadRecast
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brahhhhhh, lol Froggage, you are sooo right….hbo would never replace one of the ‘boobie bitches’…..maybe men don’t want to know this but women are visual too…..

Helen K. Davis
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LMFAOOOO@After the Red Wedding, all of our options for Season 4 are either dead, AARP members, morbidly obese, dangerously insane, maimed or otherwise disfigured, incestuous, underage, and/or know nothing. Get your shit together, HBO!…………………AMEN!

lizster
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Skrein was so hot and entrancing as Daario. Way to honk it up. I’m buying Season 3 and I’m done.

Nicci
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Super lame. Ed Skrein was perfect as Daario, even if his appearance was not as it was described in the books. I liked the TV version of his character much better. How disappointing. I am becoming skeptical regarding season 4’s potential.

zorropurrfect
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We 12 couples who watched together are DEPRESSED that Ed is leaving.The sexual tension was sizzling and boy were we excited about seeing the passion explode between these two powerful personalities in Season 4! In practically all the other shows, sex is so casual and “Hey you’re cute–hop into bed–over” and in this portrayal, the tension was palpable!! Skrein had the conceit, attitude and brutality down pat!! Are these writers and directors CRAZY??? And we all said, “Thank God, no blue hair and weird clothes and 3 beards (we all read the books.) Besides, he was GORGEOUS, and those blue… Read more »
Skyler Harris
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Was looking forward to seeing more of Ed. Such a shame they replaced him with such a crappy actor. Saw Michiel Huisman in WWZ, not a very good actor imo. Should have kept Ed, now GoT may lose some viewers.

Haogar
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not a very good movie either, bad example

Trixie Dauz
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Ed Skrein would’ve made a good Marillion.

unicornicopia
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puuuuuuuuuurple beeeeeeeeaaaaard!!!

Gotfan
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Why replace Ed? He was the best thing to happen on season 3. Was really looking forward to seeing more of him.

DB75
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HBO has not confirmed anything so let’s hope it’s not true! If they need this guy on the show there are 400 other roles we could shoehorn him into!!

Ruby
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I loved Ed!! Despite the differences in appearance his attitude was PERFECT. Sadness, man.

Godrik
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Bad move, recasts are awful. Ed Skrein was fantastic, his fight scenes were slick and his confidence second to none! Bad move HBO.

Nanda Linn Aung
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umm, a bit awkward.. but yes, life goes on.. i don’t really have any negative impact with Ed Skrein

robo-cop-a-feel
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I feel like Ed Skrein wasn’t too good of a choice for Daario Naharis. Daario Naharis is supposed to be a suave yet douchey swashbuckler, not a hard-ass playboy. They didn’t even dress him up like a Tyroshi, which was bullshit.

sabe
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Ed Skrein is best !!!

Kittens mctavish
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Skein was not hot, and Daario is hot. Sorry! I’m happy. His lips were weird.

Ruffian
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Are you kidding me?! You actually think that this new guy is hotter than Ed Skrein and that makes you happy?! You need to wear glasses.

Pandora
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NO :( Ed Skrein was so sexy and suave and badass at the same time… I really really interested in how his character was going to play out. No I have not read the books, don’t go all lynch mob on me.

mindovermatter
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I hope this is a rumor because I was really looking forward to Skrein as Dario in the next season. I have not read the novel so I suppose my perspective is one sided. However an actor who becomes so likable after only a few scenes must be delivering his role really persuasively. I did not find him good looking in the most traditional sense, but he have a look which sets him apart from the usual blonde guys.

heathesq
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I think Screin’s Daario was one of the most exciting and dynamic new characters …his scintillating looks and personality will be greatly missed and will make Danyris’s scenes less sensational for sure.

WarmIceQueen
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Ugh. I dislike recasts – plus, Skein wa great.

Dolores Winn
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Too bad, Ed Skrein is fine, I thought we had a nice replacement for Jason Mamoa. too bad. i was looking forward to seeing Ed in the Role. Why do they always have to mess w/ perfection?

Helen Golduber
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Ed Skrein was perfect and had amazing chemistry with Emilia Clarke. Very upsetting.

Jacob Klein
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Not sure I agree with the “chemistry” between the two. I think they communicated that they had the hots for one another but I wasn’t blown away or anything. Didnt think the old actor was bad at all and I generally don’t like breaks in continuity like this so I think I’m a little disappointed about this even if it is a “better” actor.

Cian Gaffney
Guest

I agree with Jacob here, I was never convinced that they had good chemistry. They both said their lines and moved on. This is such a weird and awkward situation, I’m really conflicted as to how I feel!

Aaron
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He looked NOTHING like Daario. But he did pull the requisite douchebag vibe off well, for the character.

Evangeline Cortes
Guest

oh no, they didn’t!!

DB75
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HORRIBLE NEWS!! Ed Skrein was perfect.

VL Vanderveer
Guest

Perhaps this Daario will look like the book character. I think Huisman will be a fine addition, but the issue with Daario is (like other times) the actor and his portrayal of the character do NOT resemble GRRM’s character! Very frustrating. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that we at least get some blue hair.

Skyler Harris
Guest

Michiel Huisman is probably the worst choice ever. Have you seen him act? He sucks so bad. No feeling whatsoever.

angelgr89
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Book Daario looks like a total tool. No ridiculous gold teeth or blue trident beard please.

Anne
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…look like the book character? God I hope not. Daario looks like a total clown. Blue hair may be acceptable on cartoon characters but not on actual people.

Cian Gaffney
Guest

I agree with this. A blue streak might be a good idea, a la Jaqen, but full on blue might be a bit much. Still, I’m hoping Huisman will have some form of styled facial hair, even without the dye.

VL Vanderveer
Guest

I would be good with a little homage to the book Daario, simply because even without the blue hair and gold teeth, his attitude was AWESOME. In my mind, the book Daario was such a presence, and we didn’t see that with TV Daario. The appearance just helped make his “bad guy turned good” attitude all the more dramatic, especially because he’s a fairly “uncomplicated” character (I don’t think GRRM knows how to make uncomplicated characters, but go with me here!).

Juge
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you know nothing

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