HBO announces cast for Game Of Thrones prequel

Courtesy of HBO

Courtesy of HBO

The Game of Thrones prequel pilot will be written by showrunner and executive producer Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class and The Kingsman.) A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin is also serving as an executive producer on the project.

As the final season of HBO hit Game of Thrones draws near, HBO is making sure that the GoT fever won't be dying down anytime soon.

It's 2019, and that means it's officially the year when Game of Thrones is returning to our lives.

The drama is set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones and chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. We reported back in October that Naomi Watts would be the series' lead, and shortly thereafter it was announced that British actor Josh Whitehouse had secured a co-lead role; that was all the casting news we had thus far received, until today.

After a long wait, Season 8 of wildly popular series Game of Thrones is slated to premiere in April.

Viewers can expect stories on Westeros' dark history, the White Walkers' mysterious origins, the Stark legends, and the East.

Also named in the cast are Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: Episode IX), Denise Gough (Robin Hood), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans) Toby Regbo (The Last Kingdom), Alex Sharp (To The Bone) and Sheila Atim.

Little else has been revealed about the prequel or the characters, but we do know the new cast members join Hollywood star Naomi Watts - who will play a lead role as a "charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret" - and Poldark's Josh Whitehouse, who were revealed previous year.

Ivanno Jeremiah featured in Black Mirror episode "Shut Up And Dance", Henley played Lucy Pevensie in the film adaptations of C.S Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. She most recently directed and executive produced Netflix's Collateral, starring Carey Mulligan.

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