The Game of Thrones prequel pilot it on its way to being a reality. Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse are already known to have signed on to the project. Now, we have a director in SJ Clarkson and a diverse cast led by women!
You may know SJ Clarkson from many projects, but she’s most recently been in the news because she’s directing the next Star Trek film. She joins showrunner Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) in molding the pilot episode.
The cast will be led by not one, not two, but three women! Watts, is in a lead role as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret”. None of the other roles have been publicly described. Naomi Ackie, who has a lead role in Star Wars: Episode IX will play a large role. And, stage actress Denise Gough will round out the top three. The rest of the cast includes Jamie Campbell Bower, Shella Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (who just happens to be my favorite actor in Humans), Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo of The Last Kingdom. It’s a powerhouse cast full of award-winning actors. This is exciting!
The prequel is still untitled, but George R.R. Martin has referred to it as The Long Night. And, it is set thousands of years before the series that we are currently entangled with, at the end of the Age of Heroes. Between those two clues and the official log line for the show, “Taking place 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’s 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.” There are a few things that say something about what to expect.
We can likely expect to see Bran the Builder (architect of the wall and Winterfell), Stark and ancestor of the First Men. We’ll almost certainly see a Lannister or two, likely Lann the Clever. The Long Night happened eight thousand years before the current GoT series, when the white walkers first arrived. That’s pre-Targaryen. It’s before the Andal invasion; before King’s Landing and the Iron Throne. It’s the time of the old gods, the First Men and the children of the forest. Giants walked Westeros during that time. It should be pretty cool.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the pilot episode of the Game of Thrones prequel is set to start shooting later this year, and if it goes to series… will arrive on HBO sometime in 2020.