Get To Know The Cast Of The "Game Of Thrones" Prequel—Yes, It’s Finally Happening!
HBO released a 4-second teaser of Game of Thrones' upcoming final season last week, and followed this up shortly after with another exciting announcement.
Fans have missed GoT after the series' year-long break since airing its seventh season, but HBO is now giving us a taste of more things to discover beyond the world of kingdoms, dragons, and white walkers. With the Thrones’ prequel in the works, eight more cast members are joining previously reported leads Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse.
#GameofThrones returns to @HBO this April. pic.twitter.com/1muHcwJIFJ— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) January 7, 2019
Soon entering the Thrones’ set are Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo. Their names might not ring a bell—yet. But you might remember these actors from previous films and TV series which you may have seen. Details on their respective characters are yet to be announced, but the new lineup’s acting resumes prove that this lot is the next must-watch out for faces onscreen.
Naomi Ackie was part of 2017’s Lady Macbeth, and is part of the cast of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX. Two rumored cast members back in November turned out to be true: Denise Gough, a two-time Olivier Award winner and is best known for her performance in The Painter and Messiah V: The Rapture, and Sheila Atim, who won the hearts of viewers in Hulu’s Harlots. We can also see a reunion of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald alums Jamie Campbell Bower (who’s also known for his character as Caius in the Twilight Saga) and Toby Regbo (who’s a part of Netflix’s medieval drama The Last Kingdom). Ivanno Jeremiah may be familiar to you with his appearance in a Black Mirror episode. The Chronicles of Narnia star Georgie Henley ventures in the fantasy genre once again. Finally, stage actor Alex Sharp (who is best known for his lead role in the Broadway production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time") now presents his acting chops in the small screen.
Directing GoT's pilot episode for season eight is SJ Clarkson, who also handles the upcoming Star Trek installment. The creators and executive producers of the series are A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin and Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class writer Jane Goldman. And while George certainly prefers the title "The Long Night" for the first episode, no final title has been revealed at the moment.
The spin-off series will dig deeper into the past—set thousands of years before the events in Game of Thrones. The story will chronicle “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.” Its deepest mysteries will be unveiled, from Westeros to Essos’ secrets, down to the White Walkers origin and the tale of the Starks. On their website, HBO writes, “One thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.”
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