HBO's Game of Thrones prequel reveal teases details about new show

Game of Thrones: Night King

The hit show, Game of Thrones, is set to finish this year but HBO are already lining up a prequel show to replace it. Here's what we know so far...

HBO yesterday unveiled several key details about the first spin-off show from the acclaimed Game of Thrones series.

Their announcement shed some light on what the show will be about, who will direct and star and who'll be tasked with running the show.

Naturally, anything to do with Game of Thrones has been kept tightly under wraps. This announcement is the first piece of concrete news about the show since HBO announced its intention to build upon Game of Thrones with a series of prequel shows.

Game of Thrones: Night King

What's the show about?

The show is set to take place thousands of years before the events in Game of Thrones and will focus on the 'Age of Heroes' and the formation of the great houses as well as the subsequent fall into the darkest period in the history of Westeros.  

The Game of Thrones prequel is is yet to officially receive a title but the Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin has teased in his personal blog that it could well be named 'The Long Night.'

Avid fans of the Ice and Fire books and the HBO TV show will know already that the rumoured title refers to a period of ancient Westerosi history, when the first White Walkers came into being and threatened the existence of all.

Game of Thrones: White Walkers

Who's in it?

HBO's announcement confirms that Naomi Watts, of Peter Jackson's King Kong, is set to star in the prequel series.

This image has been retouched for shine) Naomi Watts attends the Christian Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear SpringThis image has been retouched for shine) Naomi Watts attends the Christian Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring

She is joined by Josh Whitehouse of BBC's Poldark and a whole host of up and coming acting talent. 

The announced cast list includes: Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Denise Gough (Monday), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia films), Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) and Toby Regbo (The Last Kingdom, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald).

Game of Thrones Prequel: Cast pt 1

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Who's directing it?

The pilot of the spin-off show will be led by S.J. Clarkson. The director has previously worked on several of Marvel's Netflix shows as well as a number of programmes for the BBC, including Life on Mars.

Director S.J. Clarkson attends the 'Marvel's The Defenders' New York premiere at Tribeca Performing Arts Center on July 31, 2017 in New York City.

Who's running it?

Jane Goldman, who has writing credits on Kick-Ass, the recent run of X-Men films and the Kingsman movies, will take on the role of show runner. She will be joined by Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin who will also be writing for the show.

Writer Jane Goldman attends the 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' World Premiere held at Odeon Leicester Square on September 18, 2017 in London, England.

When's the show out?

There is no confirmed release date for the Game of Thrones prequel yet but we'll likely have to wait until at least 2020 before the show hits our screens as Season 8 of Game of Thrones is set to air this year.

 What do you make of HBO returning to the Game of Thrones universe in a spin-off show?

 

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