Plans for the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel are moving right along, to the point where we’ve already gotten a few exciting casting announcements. In addition to Naomi Watts joining the cast, a Poldark alum has also signed on, though not much is known about either of their characters. What we do know, however, is that you shouldn’t expect anyone from the current series to appear on the show.
The pilot for the prequel is set thousands of years before the events featured in author George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. According to HBO’s description of the project, the series “chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour, and only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend . . . it’s not the story we think we know.”
HBO ordered the pilot over the Summer and filming began this year in Belfast. As we patiently wait for more information — like the prequel’s title and additional plot details — check out the cast ahead.
According to Variety, Watts has officially been tapped to star in the pilot. There isn’t much known about her character, except for that she is playing “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” Can’t you see her nailing an icily complex character like Cersei?
Josh Whitehouse, who plays Hugh Armitage in Poldark, will star in some capacity. Although he isn’t a household name quite yet, the series has proven adept at launching the careers of relatively unknown stars, like Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, and Kit Harington.