HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Casts ‘Harry Potter’ Star Miranda Richardson In Major Role


Another big name is being added to HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel pilot. Miranda Richardson has joined the ensemble cast in what’s described as a series regular role.

No other details were released about the character. The British actress is best known to genre fans having played Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter franchise, and also had roles in 1999’s Sleepy Hollow and 2002’s The Hours.

Richardson joins a sprawling cast toplined by Naomi Watts (King Kong) as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” Other key cast members include: Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Denise Gough (Angels In America), Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans) and more.


Production on the prequel is planned for this summer. The project would not air until at least a year after GoT concludes. If greenlit to series, the project theoretically could be on the air in 2020 or 2021. The prequel’s showrunner is Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) and based on a concept she developed with author George R.R. Martin. We hear a writers room is already up and running working on additional scripts should HBO decide to order more episodes.


The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” will premiere Sunday, April 14 at 9/8c on HBO. Follow “Game of Thrones AfterWord” for all breaking news on Facebook.  


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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