LOOK: 'Game of Thrones' actor visits 'Encantadia' 2016 set
MANILA, Philippines – Westeros meets the realm of Encantadia as a former Game of Thrones actor made his way on the set of the upcoming reboot of the GMA fantaserye. (WATCH: Encantadia 2016: Sang'gres unleash their powers in promo video)
In an Instagram post from actor Rocco Nacino, who will play Aquil in the upcoming new series, he posed with the towering Conan Stevens who first played Ser Gregor Clegane (a.k.a. "The Mountain That Rides" or simply, the Mountain) on Game of Thrones. Director Mark Reyes also joined them for the picture. (LOOK: The new 'Encantadia': Concept art, costumes unveiled)
Nacino captioned his post: "So the mountain from the Game of Thrones visited us today. What would happen if i fought him one on one kaya?" (READ: Meet the 4 new sang'gres of the 'Encantadia' 2016 reboot)
Here is another photo with Gabbi Garcia, who will play Alena:
According to the post above, Stevens visited during a taping session yesterday, June 8.
Stevens, according to his website, is 7 feet tall, and hails from Australia. Aside from acting, he is a "scriptwriter, computer geek, non-competitive bodybuilder and ex-professional wrestling champion."
He was replaced by Ian Whyte in the role of the Mountain in season 2, before the current actor, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who has been playing the character since season 4.
In the series' fourth season, the character infamously crushed Oberyn Martell's (Pedro Pascal) skull in Tyrion Lannister's (Peter Dinklage) trial by combat – in the process, however, he gets poisoned with Manticore venom. He was turned into the Frankenstein-like Ser Robert Strong by Qyburn, a maester who conducts illicit experiments.
Ser Gregor Clegane is the older brother of Sandor Clegane a.k.a. the Hound, who just made a shocking return to the series when he was thought to be left for dead.
Director Mark Reyes branded the upcoming reboot series as a "requel," or a retelling of the Encantadia saga.
He said at NexCon 2016 last April, as quoted by GMA News: "It's based on the mythology of Encantadia, but we're going to fix things that we thought needed fixing in the original run."
Check out a few behind-the-scenes photos:
"11 years ago. We had a traditional hand and cable puppet in #Encantadia named Imaw. Now, 11 years after, the cables are gone and is now replaced by radio controlled servos. He's now a fully animatronic head puppet worn by a performance artist. #LeapsAndBound #Milestones #Encantadia2016 #Encantadiks" - Direk Mark Reyes (Photo from instagram.com/direkmark)