Josh Whitehouse and Naomi Watts Set As ‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel Lead

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HBO announced Monday that Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts will star as a lead character in its upcoming Game of Thrones prequel.

According to a press release, the story was created by Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class, Stardust, Kick-Ass) and George R.R. Martin, with Goldman serving as showrunner.

Though details are thin, the release said Watts would be portraying “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”

And per the upcoming show’s logline, it’ll take place “thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.”

“The series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” the description reads. “And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”

Also, Whitehouse is a British actor who starred in Northern Soul and most recently wrapped the lead role in The Happy Worker, the David Lynch-exec produced drama directed by Lynch protege Duwayne Dunham. Whitehouse next stars in MGM’s musical retelling of the cult classic Valley Girl, playing the lead role originated by Nicolas Cage. He currently can be seen in the BBC series Poldark, and on billboards as the face of Burberry’s new fragrance campaign, ‘Mr. Burberry.’

Goldman serves as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Martin as well as fellow GOT co-executive producer Vince Gerardis and Damages and Bloodline co-creator Daniel Zelman. Added since the June pilot green light are former BBC Studios executive James Farrell and Jim Danger Gray as executive producers and Chris Symes as co-executive producer. As previously announced, GOT creators/exec producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have no involvement in the potential offshoots.

Whitehouse is represented by CAA, United Agents in London, Untitled Entertainment, and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN JUST REVEALED THE ‘GAME OF THRONES’ PREQUEL TITLE

On Tuesday, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin posted the first significant news about the series prequel on his blog. It will be titled The Long Night, and one of the first cast members is two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts.

Long Night, set set 1,000 years before the events in Game of Thrones, will likely soothe the broken hearts of Thrones fans, as will learning more details about Watts’ character, who will play “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret,”.

Here’s the most informative part of Martin’s blog post:

I could not be more excited. Welcome to Westeros, Naomi.

Jane Goldman scripted the LONG NIGHT pilot and will be running the show. She and her team are busy in London right now, neck deep in casting, and I expect some more names will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, there are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development. I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could. The readers among you might want to grab a copy of FIRE & BLOOD when it is released on November 20, though.

Fire & Blood is Martin’s Game of Thrones history, which will launch on November 19.

Variety also reports that The Long Night will be about “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” and that it’s just one of several prequels in development.

The good news for Thrones fans is that the new series is definitely a reality. The bad news is that the end of the first series’ run is just around the corner, and the premiere of The Long Night won’t be on HBO’s schedule anytime soon.

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