Song writing sensation Ed Sheeran will appear in the next season of Game of Thrones, which will be aired in July this year.
It is not yet known what role the Galway Girl singer will play or even if he will be recognisable when in costume.
However, the show creators revealed that the star would appear while they were attending an event at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
David Benioff and DB Weiss admitted that they wanted to cast Sheeran in order to surprise Maisie Williams. Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the show is a huge fan of Sheeran.
Benioff said: “For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it.”
Sheeran confirmed the news on social media. He tweeted ‘Guess the cats out the bag.’ alongside a link to a Vanity Fair article regarding the news.
guess the cats out the bag… https://t.co/9GCDUp9HPN
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) March 12, 2017
The 26-year-old isn’t the first musician to appear on the show. He will follow in the footsteps of Coldplay’s Will Champion and Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol.
Weiss warned that appearing in the show isn’t necessarily all that it is cracked up to be.
He said: “A lot of [music artists] say they would they would like to [be on the show], and then we tell them [shooting a scene] is so boring. ‘You’re gonna hate this — you’re going to be sitting around three days for 12 hours a day.’”
Sheeran’s latest album ÷ is out now and has topped the charts in countries all over the world.
It features plenty of Irish music, as the star had to fight his record company to make sure Irish band Beoga appeared on the album.
Sheeran co-wrote Galway Girl with Beoga, which is said to be about the band’s fiddle player fiddle player Niamh Dunn, despite her being from Limerick.
Sheeran’s Irish grandmother has also spoken about how little his superstardom has changed him.