Naomi Watts joins Game of Thrones prequel
It was revealed today that Naomi Watts has been the first one cast in the upcoming Game of Thrones spinoff series through HBO. There is no word yet as to who she is playing. All we have to go by is that she will be playing a character who is a “charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”
The spinoff will be created by Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin and written by Goldman based on a story by her and Martin. The untitled pilot takes the prequel concept to a new level as it is set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. The series chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And 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.
Goldman is serving as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Martin as well as fellow Game of Thrones executive producer Vince Gerardis and co-creator/executive producer Daniel Zelman (Damages, Bloodline).
The untitled project from Martin and Goldman is one of several Game of Thrones prequels HBO had put in development. HBO has assigned writers to work on show ideas that they can develop and move forward with. All of the writers have worked on theatrical hits, so they would have a good grasp on the scale that would be required for the Game of Thrones spinoffs.
The writers that have been selected to develop show ideas are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), and Carly Wray (Mad Men).
This particular spinoff is set to start filming sometime in 2019. There has been no word yet as to when the new series will air.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)