Naomi Watts To Star In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel Pilot For HBO | TV News
With Game Of Thrones soon coming to an end, HBO is naturally looking for something to replace the show which has consistently garnered massive audiences. They’re heading down the prequel route, a route which has often proved ill-conceived for other networks in the past. To counter that, they’re bringing in a big name to lead the pilot.
Deadline reports that two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts will star in the Game Of Thrones prequel pilot, which has been penned by Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), from a story by both Goldman and A Song Of Ice And Fire creator George R.R. Martin.
There’s no word on who exactly Watts will be playing, but her character has been described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret”.
We do know that the pilot is set thousands of years before Game Of Thrones and chronicles Westeros’ transition from the Golden Age of heroes into the new world’s darkest time period, which saw the rise of the icy-eyed Night’s King and his great clash with the Stark family.
HBO’s President of Programming Casey Bloys said back in July that “It’s a very different setting, a very different time in Westeros. It will feel different but still Game of Thrones“.
It’s the latest big TV project for Watts, who also starred in David Lynch‘s Twin Peaks: The Return last year, as well as Netflix’s Gypsy, which unfortunately was cancelled after just one season. There’s likely very little chance of that happening to this prequel, which is currently still untitled.
There’s also no word on when the prequel will debut, but sometime in 2020 seems a good bet. Game Of Thrones‘ six-episode final season is set to premiere on HBO in April 2019.
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