Multi-hyphenate Ed Sheeran will soon be able to add another item to his already impressive repertoire: TV star.
The mega-successful singer, songwriter, and recent Stern Show guest will make a guest appearance on Season 7 of HBO "Game of Thrones," premiering in July. The news was revealed Sunday during the Emmy-winning drama's South by Southwest panel. Sheeran's addition to the cast was meant to be a surprise for "GoT" star and Sheeran superfan Maisie Williams (who plays Arya Stark), according to showrunner David Benioff.
Other popular music acts have made cameos on "Game of Thrones" in the past, including Sigur Rós, Coldplay, Mastodon, and Of Monsters and Men. Some appeared on screen as musical performers while others were in costume and barely recognizable.
Ed, who recently made music news as well with the unprecedented success of "Divide," confirmed the casting via Twitter but didn't shed any light on his role:
guess the cats out the bag... https://t.co/9GCDUp9HPN— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) March 12, 2017
The other big news from Sunday's "Game of Thrones" panel concerned the eighth and final season of the series. It will be only six episodes long, according to showrunners, making it the shortest season yet.
"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on Sunday, July 16. Click here to check out Ed's recent sit-down with Howard.