We now have a whole lot of extra information about the Game Of Thrones prequel series, which Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service) has been developing with HBO and George R. R. Martin. This mysterious show looks like it’s really coming together.
The show, rumoured to be titled The Long Night, has reportedly tapped S.J. Clarkson to direct the pilot episode and executive produce the series. Clarkson previously shot episodes of Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Collateral, Life On Mars and Orange Is The New Black, and she has also signed onto the movie project Star Trek 4. Interestingly, she never directed for Thrones, which has us wondering if a different visual style is intended here.
We’ve known for a while that Naomi Watts has a lead role in the cast, rumoured to be “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” We’ve also known that Poldark‘s Josh Whitehouse has a role. Now, we can add the names Denise Gough (Angels In America), Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles Of Narnia), Alex Sharp (How To Talk To Girls At Parties) and Toby Regbo (Reign) to the cast last, all of whom will apparently appear in the pilot episode.
As for the story, the official logline from HBO is still the best info we have:
“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.”
As more news comes to light – we still don’t have a release date, trailer, or even any cast images – we’ll be sure to let you know.