HBO announces cast for ‘Game Of Thrones’ prequel

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen  in season seven of Game of Thrones. Picture: HBO

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in season seven of Game of Thrones. Picture: HBO

If given the nod to go ahead, the prequel is expected to arrive on HBO in 2020 at the earliest.

HBO’s highly-anticipated Game Of Thrones prequel has recruited a string of new cast members to the show, in addition to a female helmer, British native SJ Clarkson, to lead the charge in the director’s chair.

Clarkson, who is also in line to direct the next blockbuster Star Trek film, most recently directed and produced the BBC/Netflix production Collateral, and has also worked on episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Dexter and Bates Motel, as well as the pilot for Jessica Jones.

She will direct a cast which includes previously announced actors Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse, as well as new additions: Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo — all of whom have now been confirmed to appear on the show as series regulars.

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Top (L-R): Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim. Bottom (L-R): Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Toby Regbo. Picture: HBO

Created by feature writer Jane Goldman and author/GOT co-executive producer George R.R. Martin, the as-yet-untitled prequel pilot is due to take place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.

If green-lighted, the prequel will explore and unravel the secrets of how Westeros came to be, and the origins of key characters and families depicted in Game of Thrones.

If given the nod to go ahead, the prequel is expected to arrive on HBO in 2020 at the earliest.

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