Rumors around Game of Thrones season eight have gained serious steam with less than four months to go ’til its premiere, but we have definitive news about the GoT prequel that’s better than any spoiler alert.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, eight new stars have been cast in the Game of Thrones prequel series that’s set 5,000 years before the original show and predates King’s Landing and the Iron Throne. The prequel, reportedly called The Long Night, already includes Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse in leading roles.
Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: Episode IX), Denise Gough (Colette), Jamie Campbell Bower (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mortal Instruments), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Black Mirror), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) and Toby Regbo (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) are joining.
Jane Goldman will write the script with GoT creator and series author George R.R. Martin, and SJ Clarkson (Succession and the new Star Trek sequel) will direct the pilot. While character deets are being kept under wraps (typical GoT), we do know Watts will play “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”
The show is slated to begin filming “in the first half of ’19,” HBO’s head of programming Casey Bloys said last July.
Eight tickets to Westeros, please (and we’re gonna need a bigger dragon, y’all).