Cast for House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel, casts Matt Smith

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HBO has added Matt Smith to its growing cast for Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon

There’s been some activity on the official Game of Thrones Twitter feed (@GameOfThrones) and it’s almost all been about the prequel series House of the Dragon. We know now several of the cast (at least for the first series) staring with Paddy Considine (Peaky Blinders, The Outsiders) announced first. Yesterday (11 December) they added this tweet:

Fire will reign. Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, and Matt Smith join the cast of

Former eleventh Doctor Matt Smith is more recently known for The Crown, while Olivia Cooke is known for Vanity Fair and Ready Player One; Emma d’Arcy is in recent Amazon Prime show Truth Seekers alongside Nick Frost.

Paddy Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen. Viserys was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal.

Olivia Cooke plays Alicent Hightower.She’s the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.

Emma D’Arcy plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. The king’s first-born child. She is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything…but she was not born a man.

Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen. The younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne, Daemon is a peerless warrior and a dragonrider who possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…

What is House of the Dragon?

Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and takes place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

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