HBO has found the cornerstone of its Game of Thrones prequel.
Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts has been tapped to star in the untitled Game of Thrones prequel from creator Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin.
The untitled drama, picked up to pilot in June, is set thousands of years before the events of the HBO flagship. The drama chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. A logline from the network teased the plot without divulging any specifics: “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.”
Watts will play a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret. The character’s name is not being revealed.
The pilot is based on a story from Goldman and Martin, with the teleplay credited to Goldman. Goldman will also serve as showrunner. In addition to Goldman and Martin, executive producers on the series include current Game of Thrones producer Vince Gerardis, as well as Damages and Bloodline co-creator Daniel Zelman and Jim Danger Gray. Chris Symes will serve as a co-EP.
Goldman and Martin’s Game of Thrones prequel is the first of several potential series set in the world of Westeros to move forward at HBO beyond the script phase. In May 2017, a multitude of writers were revealed by HBO to be working on what Martin himself has described as “successor shows.”
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