HBO Original “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” has officially started production today. With all the cast that was announced earlier, has assembled to bring a new story from Westeros.
HBO has made this announcement via the House of the Dragon official Twitter account, which also posted images of cast members reading the script of the series.
Earlier HBO completed the casting for the series by adding Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole. Of Dornish descent, Ser Criston is the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven. He has no claim to land or titles; all he has to his name is his honor and his preternatural skill with a sword. Frankel joined already announced Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon aka “The Sea Snake,” Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria.
The cast also includes Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower. She’s the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Miguel Sapochnik and Condal will be showrunners, and the pair will also serve as executive producers along with Martin, Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess, and Ron Schmidt.
Sapochnik, whose directing credits include six Game of Thrones episodes, won Emmy and DGA honors for “Battle of the Bastards.” He was nominated for another Emmy in 2019 for directing “The Long Night” and won the Emmy for Best Drama Series as an executive producer for the final season.
Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony, Hercules) will serve as co-creators on the series.
Clare Kilner (The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, The Wedding Date) and Geeta V. Patel (Meet the Patels, The Witcher) will also direct the series. Greg Yaitanes (Banshee, House) is a director and co-executive producer.
House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, is coming to HBO and HBO Max in 2022. HBO has given the show a 10-episode order for the first season. Reportedly, HBO has plans for five seasons, if the series performs as per the expectations.
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