‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ casts its three leads

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HBO is hard at work with its first Game of Thrones prequel show its lead characters officially have actors attached. Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, and Matt Smith have joined Paddy Constantine in the cast of House of the Dragon.

Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) joins the cast as Alicent Hightower. The character is described as  “the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms.  She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.”

Emma D’Arcy (Hanna) joins the cast as Rhaenyra Targaryen, “the king’s first-born child. She is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything…but she was not born a man.”

Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown) joins the cast as Prince Daemon Targaryen, “the younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne. Daemon is a peerless warrior and a dragonrider who possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…”

The three newcomers join Paddy Constantine, who had previously been casts as King Viserys Targaryen. According to HBO’s website “Viserys was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy, but as we’ve learned from Game of Thrones, good men do not necessarily make for great kings.”

Each of these character descriptions comes straight from HBO’s website. Click here to view the full article.

House of the Dragon is based on George R.R. Martin’s spinoff book Fire & Blood. The book tells the history of the Targaryen family and their conquest of Westeros. The TV series adaptation will cover the Targaryen civil war known as “The Dance of Dragons.”

House of the Dragon goes into production in England in 2021. Expect the show to debut on HBO in 2022.

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