The news fans have been waiting for was confirmed by the official Thrones Twitter account and by a new account specifically for the spin-off show, with both accounts tweeting a photo of a large rehearsal room filled with cast and crew members sitting at individual desks, ready for their first script read.
The account has also confirmed a number of casting reports by sharing close-up images of some of the cast members and revealing details of who they will play.
Truth Seekers actress Emma D’Arcy will play Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, while The Outsider star Paddy Considine takes on the role of her father, the “warm, kind, and decent” King Viserys Targaryen.
Elementary and Harry Potter star Rhys Ifans is playing Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King and close counsellor of King Viserys, while Ready Player One actress Olivia Cooke is taking on the role of Otto’s daughter, Alicent Hightower.
Also set to star in the series are Nurse Jackie‘s Eve Best, who will star as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, and Crazy Rich Asians and Devs star Sonoya Mizuno, who has been cast as Mysaria, an ally to Prince Daemon.
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House of the Dragon will fill in some important Westeros history, telling the story of Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors as their House begins to fall apart and the Dance of the Dragons civil war begins.
We’re also set to find out some origin stories for different iconic houses, as well as discover how King’s Landing was built, so there should be plenty for fans to get their teeth into.
The show has been created by Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin and Colony creator Ryan Condal, with the prequel based on Martin’s companion book Fire and Blood.
Condal will serve as showrunner alongside director Miguel Sapochnik, who directed episodes of Thrones including ‘Battle of the Bastards’ and ‘Hardhome’.
House of the Dragon is set for release in 2022. Game of Thrones seasons 1-8 are available on DVD and Blu-ray.
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