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.
It is always a pleasant sight to see our favourite stars appear on other popular shows. Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner will join the cast of English comedic satire The Prince. She will be voicing Princess Charlotte in the animated parody series based on the British Royal Family.
Princess Charlotte is the daughter of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Turner’s former Game of Thrones co-star Iwan Rheon (Ramsey Bolton) will portray Prince William. Sophie is excited to play another Royal after Game of Thrones’ Sansa Stark.
The series is inspired by the Instagram posts of Gary Janetti about the British Royals. Janetti himself will star in the series as Prince George. Orlando Bloom will take the role of Prince Harry. Lucy Punch also stars as Kate Middleton, along with Alan Cumming as Owen the butler. Frances De La Tour as Queen Elizabeth, and Condola Rashad as Meghan Markle.
The 24-year-old actress recently welcomed daughter Willa with husband Joe Jonas into their family. Their cute little family was recently seen taking a stroll for the first time after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The couple was wearing matching casuals. Joe was pushing baby Willa in a black baby stroller, with Sophie by his side.
What do you think about the comedy series and Sophie’s role in it? Talk to us in the comments below!
The Game of Thrones finale left us in shambles after the shocking but satisfying end of the series. As die-hard fans of the epic, we always want more. What more can make us happier than the announcement of prequel series to our favourite fantastical drama?
#HouseOfTheDragon, a #GameofThrones prequel is coming to @HBO.
The series is co-created by @GRRMSpeaking and Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik will partner with Condal as showrunner and will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal will be writing the series. pic.twitter.com/9ttMzElgXm
— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) October 29, 2019
Ever since it’s announcement, fans have been speculating about key characters and casts. There have been rumours about the House of the Dragon casting currently taking place at the HBO headquarters. As expected, it only adds to the hype engine fuelled by fans.
The HBO are reportedly eyeing actors for the role of Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother to the King Viserys Targaryen. He is described as a middle aged man, between 40 to 50 years of age. He was in line to the throne, but he never expressed his desire for it directly. The Prince is said to be constantly obsessed with earning the love and acceptance of his brother, the King. He gets bored very easily, but is really skilled with a sword. He is a seasoned warrior who keeps swinging between good and vile nature.
House of the dragon is expected to span the period from the arrival of Aegon Targaryen to Westeros to the Dance of the Dragons, and the internal conflict and civil war that tore them apart. The source material is of course George R. R. Martin’s novel, Fire and Blood. It also includes anthologies Dangerous Women and Rogues.
The show is scheduled to premiere in 2022, with castings and shooting to begin in 2021. The show-runners are Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik (Emmy winner for the “Battle of the Bastards” episode ) and Ryan Condal.
Who do you think would be the perfect fit for the role? Please tell us in the comments below.
The sight of dragons has been borne with fear, anticipation, and excitement in Game of Thrones. Whether you’re going to get killed by the beast, witness it as a bystander or ride it like our Targaryen heroes, one’s breath draws blood and awe through the veins. House of the Dragon promises us all that and more. It is still in the distance, but intent on arriving soon. After the news of its likely premiere in 2022, we now hear that a round of casting calls has gone out for the show. And it’s the three-headed dragon we’re looking at!
Knight Edge Media has reported that a casting call is out for the prequel series by HBO. No wonder, we see Targaryens reign supreme:
20s, Caucasian Male. Married his two sisters VISENYA and RHAENYS. Withdrawn, quiet, pious. Harsh with those who defy him. Riding the dragon Balerion. LEAD
20s, Caucasian Female. Older sister and wife of King AEGON TARGARYEN. A voluptuous, stern, serious, and unforgiving woman. Riding the dragon Vhagar. LEAD
20s, Caucasian Female. Youngest sister of King AEGON TARGARYEN. Kindhearted, graceful, playful, curious, impulsive, and given to flights of fancy, with a mischievous aspect to her personality. Riding the dragon Meraxes. LEAD
So, one can guess that House of the Dragon will begin with Aegon’s Conquest of Westeros; and that season 1 will lean upon the three Targaryen siblings/partners who rose to power around each other laying the foundations of Targaryen-rule over the seven kingdoms. Since the prequel is set to follow George R.R. Martin‘s Fire & Blood, it’s also safe to assume that their actions will trigger a chain of events that’s likely to culminate in the civil war of the Dance of the Dragons; a mayhem of bloodlust and dragonfire that sent the Targaryens and dragons into near extinction.
Ryan Condal and George R.R. Martin will create House of the Dragon (set 300 years before the start of Game of Thrones) while Miguel Sapochnick and Condal will be showrunners. Sapochnik is also supposed to direct the pilot episode. Moreover, a bright crop of young writers, namely Wes Tooke, Claire Kiechel, and Ti Mikkel have assisted the writing process of the creators.
With the casting call, the House of the Dragon seems to blow the conch-shell for the beginnings of Targaryen legacy. We hope that the sound is heard loud and clear, thus wishing the spectacle good luck for the journey ahead. What do you think about it? Tell us in the comments.