George R. R. Martin confirms Game of Thrones prequel title, Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse cast in lead roles

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George R. R. Martin has affirmed the title of the primary Game of Thrones prequel series.

The creator was responding to the news that Naomi Watts had been cast in the upcoming HBO show when he revealed that it’ll be known as The Long Night.

“Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the first of the GAME OF THRONES successor series to ordered to film,” he tweeted. He also said on his blog: “I could not be more excited. Welcome to Westeros, Naomi.”

The new venture will detail how the world fell into obscurity from the prosperous Age of Heroes. Watts will assume the job of “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” in the new show’s pilot, which is set to start shooting one year from now. Additional points of interest of her character’s backstory are yet to be uncovered.

Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who co-wrote Kick-Ass with Matthew Vaughn, is behind the prequel, which happens a great many years before the stories told in Game of Thrones. She’ll work closely with Martin who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of books on which Game of Thrones is based.

This won’t be Watts’ first TV appearance. She was as of late given a role as Gretchen Carlson in Showtime’s constrained arrangement about the late Fox News CEO and TV executive Roger Ailes.

The Long Night, has additionally cast its male lead – British actor Josh Whitehouse.

The 28-year-old Burberry actor is best known for playing Hugh Armitage in BBC arrangement Poldark. Other elements of his character’s backstory are yet to be uncovered. Whitehouse will next be seen in David Lynch-created film The Happy Worker and Valley Girl.

HBO as of now has five Thrones-related projects in progress with Martin affirming others are as of now in “active development”.

Game of Thrones, which began in 2011, will finish up with its eighth season in 2019. Exact premiere date is yet to be revealed.


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