The original Game Of Thrones cast have become household names since its 2011 premiere, but it’s time for a new generation of stars to rule Westeros.
HBO announced the cast and creative team for the prequel to the fantasy series on Tuesday, bringing a diverse array of talents to the show.
The new actors will join the previously announced lead, Mulholland Drive actress Naomi Watts, 50, and Josh Whitehouse, 28.
Rising star: British actress Naomi Ackie, 27, pictured in London in December, will star in the Game Of Thrones prequel series
The cable network announced that British actress Naomi Ackie 27, would join the prequel’s cast in a leading role.
The Lady Macbeth star is currently filming a role for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX.
She was also featured in multiple episodes of Desiree Akhavan’s acclaimed Channel 4 series The Bisexual.
Welcome to Westeros: The Irish stage actress Denise Gough, 38, is also set to join the prequel’s cast; pictured in Toronto in September
New blood: Sweeney Todd and Twilight actor Jamie Campbell Bower, 30, has also been added to the cast; shown in London in April
The 38-year-old Irish stage actress Denise Gough is also set to join the prequel’s cast as one of its leads.
In addition to starring in well-received productions of People Places And Things and Angels In America, the actress was recently seen opposite Keira Knightley in Colette.
Sweeney Todd and Twilight actor Jamie Campbell Bower, 30, has also been added to the cast in a supporting role. His darkly charming looks are likely to fit in well on the show.
The 27-year-old stage actress Sheila Atim is likely to add some dramatic force to the upcoming series. She won the Olivier award for her performance in Girl From The North Country and starred opposite Mark Rylance in an acclaimed performance of Othello, in addition to appearing in the Hulu series Harlots.
Dark fiction: Ivanno Jeremiah is a British actor best known to American audiences for his role on the dystopian Netflix series Black Mirror; shown in London in December
Ivanno Jeremiah is a British actor best known to American audiences for his role on the dystopian Netflix series Black Mirror.
Younger audiences will be well acquainted with Georgie Henley. The 23-year-old actress starred as Lucy in Disney’s Narnia films, and she’ll soon be seen in the Starz miniseries The Spanish Princess.
English actor Alex Sharp, 29, is best known for his film work, including the lead role in John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties, but he made his first big splash by originating the lead role in the stage production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.
London-born Toby Regbo, 27, has appeared mostly in smaller films earlier this decade, but he soon graduated to more impressive fare, including period roles on the CW’s Reign and Netflix’s The Last Kingdom. He was seen last year playing a young version of Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.
This new group of actors join previously announced leads Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse. Her character has been described as a ‘charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret,’ but no information about his role has been revealed.
Josh is best known for roles in Modern Life Is Rubbish and the BBC series Poldark.
Stage veteran: English actor Alex Sharp, 29, is best known for his film work, including the lead role in John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties; pictured in May
Head honcho: Naomi Watts, 50, was previously announced as one of the leads for the new Game Of Thrones series; shown Monday in New York
Mystery man: Josh Whitehouse, 28, is best known for roles in Modern Life Is Rubbish and the BBC series Poldark, though no information has been revealed about his Game Of Thrones role; pictured in January in Beverly Hills
While the new series seems determined to put more women and people of color in front of the camera, it also seems to be diversifying its creative talent.
SJ Clarkson will direct the pilot episode of the upcoming series, a task she’s well suited to thanks to considerable TV experience.
The British filmmaker has previously directed the Jessica Jones pilot for Netflix, as well as episodes of Orange Is The New Black, Bates Motel and Dexter. She’ll also direct the next Star Trek film, which is currently untitled.
The lack of women and people of color on the original series has been a major source of criticism since it’s inception. Viewers and critics have also lambasted the series for it’s treatment of female characters and multiple story lines featuring sexual violence.
Creative talent: SJ Clarkson will direct the pilot episode of the upcoming series, a task she’s well suited to thanks to considerable TV experience
Though the Game Of Thrones prequel now has a creative team and cast, it still lacks a title.
Creator and author George R. R. Martin, 70, has suggested The Long Night as his preferred title, but the show has yet to settle on a name.
The series will be set thousands of years before the events of Game Of Thrones, when many of the royal families fans have grown accustomed to didn’t even exist.
The series still hasn’t been ordered to series yet, but if it is, the earliest we’ll see more of Westeros would be 2020.
Ready for more: Creator and author George R. R. Martin, 70, has suggested The Long Night as his preferred title, but the show has yet to settle on a name; shown in Los Angeles in September