Naomi Watts confirmed as lead in Game of Thrones prequel

Naomi Watts has been confirmed as the lead in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel pilot.

Based on a story written by George R. R. Martin, the author of the Game of Thrones novels, and screenwriter Jane Goldman, the prequel is set thousands years before the events we have already seen on TV.

Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi, who made her name in Mulholland Drive, The Ring and The Impossible, will head up an all-new cast as a socialite with a hidden secret. Her thriller background could give some clues as to the direction of the next story from the world of Westeros.

So far, the network has revealed that the new characters will be facing a dark, uncertain future after the decline of the halcyon Age of Heroes.

The unnamed drama is even being teased as an answer to questions left unresolved by the final season of Game of Thrones, due to air in 2019. The HBO statement reads: “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.”

Speaking to Deadline, HBO programming president Casey Bloys recently suggested that Watt’s character would not be the only female lead. “There are very strong female characters but it’s an ensemble, there are men and women. Jane is a very good writer, we don’t want to limit her to writing female leads. There are a lot of very complicated leads in (the pilot).”

In 2017, author Martin shared that the prequel was just one of a number potential successor shows to the reign of Game of Thrones, however current showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss will not be associated.

Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter that, if given the go-ahead, the full prequel project would not air until at least a year after the final Game of Thrones season.

It seems Westeros will always keep us waiting.

Game of Thrones’ final season will premiere in 2019. The show airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK. Season 7 is now available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray or digital download.

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