The Harry Potter-Game of Thrones Crossover Club is growing, folks. Miranda Richardson, whom we loved to hate as the (in)famously nosy journalist Rita Skeeter in the HP films, has joined the cast of the yet unnamed Game of Thrones prequel. The role has been described as a ‘series regular’ and she will be present in the pilot. So it can be safely said that it’s a major role, although no other details have been revealed.
The Harry Potter franchise has been loaning actors to the Game Of Thrones universe for quite some time now. Most famous of these include ‘Tonks’ Natalie Tena assuming the role of Osha in GoT, and David Bradley, the man behind Hogwart’s often despicable caretaker Argus Filch, as an even more despicable Walder Frey.
Michelle Fairley had a blink-and-you-miss appearance as Hermione Granger’s mother in the penultimate Harry Potter film but Game Of Thrones gave her a meatier role as Catelyn Stark. The prequel continues this trend, with Jamie Campbell Bower (young Grindelwald) and Toby Regbo (young Dumbledore) also joining the cast.
The prequel series is being developed by George R.R. Martin and Jane Goldman. HBO has provided a short synopsis, and not much else:
“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’ 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.”
The pilot was commissioned in June last year and if greenlit by the channel, may start to air from late 2020 or 2021. Throughout the year, big names have been confirmed to join the cast, Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah notable among them. With the BAFTA and Golden Globe-winner Richardson pitching in, the prequel sure looks like a star-studded affair.
5 new actors cast in Game of Thrones prequel
Game of Thrones has been a television masterpiece. With Season 8 premiering on April 14, the show is all set to wrap up. Now, being the massive success that it has been for HBO, of course, the network didn’t want to let the franchise end there (nor did the fans). So behold, we have prequels! HBO has already moved on with the production of one sequel, with Jane Goldman, and George R. R. Martin developing it. Unofficially titled ‘The Long Night‘, this prequel has now cast 5 new actors. Read on!
The show had cast Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse to be among the lead stars. The Hollywood Reporter now says that five new stars have been added: Marquis Rodriguez (Netflix’s When They See Us), John Simm (Doctor Who, Life on Mars), Richard McCabe (Harlots), John Heffernan (Collateral), and Dixie Egerickx.
These additions up the number of series regulars to 16, making it a nice and big ensemble cast. HBO hasn’t revealed any character names or descriptions, yet. Other known cast members are: Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: Episode IX), Denise Gough (Guerrilla), Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Black Mirror), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Alex Sharp (To the Bone), Toby Regbo (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) and Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game, World Without End).
Set a long time before the events of Game of Thrones, ‘The Long Night’ is one of the many Game of Thrones prequel projects that HBO is working on. However, this is the only one that has made it so far in the production process, as of now. So there’s a good chance this is the first pilot we’ll get to see.
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