GAME OF THRONES may be ending next year but its world won’t be disappearing anytime soon.
With news that the beloved HBO franchise will be ending soon, Game of Thrones fans will be excited to hear that the entertainment industry is not quite ready to say goodbye to George R.R. Martin’s world altogether.
HBO recently announced its plans for a prequel series and we now have a couple exciting casting announcements.
Created by writers Jane Goldman and Martin, the Game of Thrones prequel rumored to be called The Long Night will take place thousands of years before the current show. It will document the world’s descent from the golden age into its darkest hour. And although HBO is keeping a lot of the story lines and roles close to its heart, one thing is for sure: it won’t be the story and world we’ve come to know and love.
So after long negotiations, HBO has signed Naomi Watts to lead the ensemble cast of this Game of Thrones prequel pilot. No details yet on what Watts’s role will be but we do know that she will be a “charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” Considering her high-profile acclaim, we can only assume that whoever Watts is playing, she will be integral in the prequel’s storylines.
Also on the prequel’s roster is Josh Whitehouse. Whitehouse is a British actor most known from Northern Soul and the BBC series Poldark. He’s also just wrapped the lead role in The Happy Worker, the David Lynch-exec produced drama directed by Lynch protege Duwayne Dunham.
HBO also confirmed that none of the current cast will appear in this new prequel. As previously announced, GOT creators/exec producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss will also have no involvement in the potential offshoot.