Tampa Bay Comic Con: 'Thrones' star Rheon out, 'Rings' star Astin in
Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon will not be appearing at Tampa Bay Comic Con, but an actor from another, somewhat less grisly, fantasy franchise will take his place.
Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will appear at the Tampa Bay Convention Center on Aug. 5 to 7.
Rheon, who plays Ramsay Bolton in the HBO series, was forced to cancel his appearance due to a new gig he accepted that conflicts with the convention dates, Tampa Bay Comic Con said on its Facebook page.
Astin also played the title character in Rudy, and starred as Mikey Walsh in the '80s adventure classic The Goonies. He has also voiced Raphael on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series since 2012.
Other, previously announced cancellations include Krysten Ritter, who plays the title character on the Marvel and Netflix series Jessica Jones, and artist Tim Townsend.
Astin has been to Tampa recently. He was an honored guest at the Gasparilla International Film Festival and appeared at the Tampa Theatre in 2015.