Naomi Watts cast in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel pilot
Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (21 Grams, Twin Peaks, The Impossible) has been cast in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel pilot from Jane Goldman as a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret, Variety has confirmed.
Watts’ recent credits include the television series Twin Peaks and Gypsy, and the drama features The Glass Castle and Ophelia. Her upcoming projects include The Wolf Hour, Boss Level, Once Upon a Time in Staten Island, The Burning Season, Ascendant, and the TV series, The Loudest Voice in the Room.
The big-budgeted spinoff is created by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman) and GOT author and prequel co-executive producer George R.R. Martin, written by Goldman based on a story by her and Martin. The untitled pilot takes the prequel concept to a new level as it is set 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. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ 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.
Goldman is serving as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Martin as well as fellow Game of Thrones executive producer Vince Gerardis and co-creator/executive producer Daniel Zelman (Damages, Bloodline).
Martin confirmed that none of the characters or actors from the current Game of Thrones series will be appearing in the prequel since it is set ten thousand years before the events of Game of Thrones. He also noted that “three more Game of Thrones prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development.”
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