Paddy Considine joins Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon
After working with the star for the acclaimed miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider, HBO is teaming up with Paddy Considine once again as he has been cast for the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, according to Variety.
Considine, the first to be cast for the upcoming series, is set to star as King Viserys I, who was chosen to succeed the Old King by the lords of Westeros and ruled over the land 100 years after Aegon’s Conquest and is described as “a warm, kind and decent man” who only wishes to carry on his grandfather’s legacy. His children, Rhaenyra and Aeon II would infamously go on to fight a civil war over his throne that became known as the Dance of Dragons.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series will chronicle the rise and the downfall of the Targaryens, who is the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria. It will take place 300 years before the events of the award-winning series adaptation of Game of Thrones which aired its final episode last May 2019.
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House of the Dragon is created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony). Miguel Sapochnik has also signed on to direct the pilot and additional episodes of the series. Sapochnik and Condal are also set as co-showrunners of the prequel.
First published in 2018, Fire & Blood was released as a companion to A Song of Ice and Fire. The novel begins its tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
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