Game Of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Lands First TV Role After Jaime Lannister

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After spending eight seasons and the better part of a decade playing an incredibly divisive character on television's biggest show, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is of course best known for his Game of Thrones role. Sadly for fans, Jaime Lannister was killed off in the penultimate episode of Thrones, and Coster-Waldau's last appearance on television came in the form of him playing his character's corpse in the series finale. Now, Coster-Waldau has joined the cast of a new TV project that could be just what fans need to move on from Jaime.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is on board the pilot for a new drama series called Gone Hollywood. The pilot was ordered by FX, and the premise means that his new character probably won't have much in common with Jaime Lannister other than looking an awful lot alike.

Gone Hollywood follows a group of talent agents who move on from "an old-guard percentery" to create their own agency. This new agency quickly rises to the top of the competition to dominate the industry, which completely changes showbiz and the making of movies forever.

The protagonists of Gone Hollywood will be largely fictional, but the show will also feature versions of real-life entertainment figures and events. Still, prospective viewers shouldn't expect to see real-life movie stars of modern days turn up for cameos en masse. The show is set in 1980. If some 1980s stars appear in the 2019+ production, then there will either have to be some serious efforts to de-age them or viewers will have to suspend a few decades of disbelief.

No details are available just yet about Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's character other than his name. Coster-Waldau's character is "Jack DeVoe." The cast is filled out by John Magaro of The Umbrella Academy and The Big Short as Eli Zeller, Lola Kirke of Mozart in the Jungle and Gone Girl as Abbie Jinks, Ben Schnetzer of Pride and Goat as Robbie Riese, Jonathan Pryce of The Wife and Taboo as Benny Landau, and Judd Hirsch of Independence Day Resurgence and The Goldbergs as Lev Kertzman.

Gone Hollywood comes from the mind of Ocean's Eleven scribe Ted Griffin. He created the project and is on board to write and direct the pilot. He'll executive produce and run the show as well. All things considered, Gone Hollywood has a great deal of potential to become a unique hit for FX.

That said, Gone Hollywood has only received an order for a pilot, so there's no guarantee that fans will ever see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau playing Jack DeVoe as his big post-Game of Thrones TV job. If FX passes on the pilot, then Gone Hollywood will likely be gone for good. It would be a shame if Thrones fans didn't get to see a new side of Coster-Waldau on the small screen sooner rather than later.

Despite his lengthy run on Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hasn't actually worked on a ton of television projects. In fact, his only two TV credits since landing Game of Thrones are an episode of Saturday Night Live on NBC in 2015 and an episode of The Simpsons on Fox in 2017. Could FX and Gone Hollywood be his next home on TV? FX is losing one of its current dramas, so perhaps there will be an open slot for Gone Hollywood.

Only time will tell. For now, you can rewatch Game of Thrones on HBO Now or even on digital, as the eighth and final season is already available for download. If you're open to some non-Nikolaj Coster-Waldau TV shows, swing by our 2019 summer TV premiere guide for some possibilities.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.