HBO Releases Brand-New Photos as ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Begins Production

This just in: The Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, is officially in production.

HBO recently posted a first look at the highly anticipated series, which confirmed House of the Dragon is finally coming to life. Not only did the network share a sneak peek of the table read, but it also introduced the star-studded cast.

House of the Dragon tells the origin story of the Targaryen family. Although it takes place in the Westeros universe, the plot is set 300 years before the events in GoT, so don’t expect to see any familiar faces.

Keep scrolling for a first glimpse of the cast.

1. Olivia Cooke

Character: Alicent Hightower

Also known for: Ready Player One, Sound of Metal

2. Emma D'arcy

Character: Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen

Also known for: Truth Seekers, Wanderlust

3. Paddy Considine

Character: King Viserys Targaryen

Also known for: Peaky Blinders, Dead Man’s Shoes

4. Matt Smith

Character: Prince Daemon Targaryen

Also known for: Doctor Who, The Crown

5. Steve Toussaint

Character: Lord Corlys Velaryon (AKA The Sea Snake)

Also known for: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Flight of Fury

Other House of the Dragon cast members include Eve Best (Nurse Jackie) as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as Otto Hightower, Sonoya Mizuno (Crazy Rich Asians) as Mysaria and Fabien Frankel (Last Christmas) as Ser Criston Cole.

The series is being helmed by showrunners Ryan Condal (Colony) and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones), along with GoT author George R.R. Martin.

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