5 Things to Know About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel
Now that Game of Thrones has officially come to an end, fans will have the upcoming planned prequel to look forward to.
And if you’re one of the thousands upset with how GOT showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss treated the ending of the HBO show, you’ll be happy to hear that the two are reportedly not involved in this project.
Here’s what we know about the show so far.
What It’s Called:
The show does not yet have an official title, although last fall Game of Thrones creator and author, George R.R. Martin, shared that it may be called The Long Night.
He tweeted that casting for the show had begun.
“Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the first of the GAME OF THRONES successor series to ordered to film,” he wrote.
Who Is Starring:
Naomi Watts was one of the first stars officially confirmed to join the program, along with Naomi Ackie (above) and Denise Gough, People Magazine reports. That already makes the cast more diverse than the original GOT’s first few seasons.
Other stars include: Josh Whitehouse, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Alex Sharp, Tony Regbo and several others.
What It’s About:
The show will take place pre-Westeros and pre-Iron Throne, at least 5,000 years before any of the current storyline as we have known it.
Martin hasn’t written much about that time, which gives showrunners quite a bit of creative freedom, but it is known as the Age of Heroes.
Don’t expect to see any of the characters you know and loved either, as it is so far behind in terms of plot, they wouldn’t likely have been born yet. Still, anything is possible, especially in fantasy.
Who Is Producing:
X-Men: First Class creators Martin and Jane Goldman will be behind the show, with Jane serving as the showrunner. Others involved include SJ Clarkson, James Farrell, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis, Daniel Zelman and co-executive producer Chris Symes, People reports.
SJ Clarkson will direct the pilot.
Benioff and Weiss will not be involved as they will be working on the new Star Wars.
When Will It Air:
Since the show was waiting for the conclusion of Game of Thrones, the show will likely not air for at least another year or so. Most predictions put it on air around late 2020, or well into 2021.