The original Game of Thrones series is coming to close as the eight and final season begins airing next month. HBO is keeping the fire alive as they’ll be developing multiple spin-off series set in the same fantasy world. The first of the bunch will The Long Night and there is yet another interesting casting addition to the new series.

TheHollywoodReporter has revealed British actress Miranda Richardson has joined the ensemble cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones spin-off series The Long Night, showrun by Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman, Kick-Ass).

Ahead of its early summer production start, Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game) has joined the cast of the pilot created by Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin.

Richardson has a mix of dramatic and comedic work, one of her more famous roles was Queen Elizabeth in the Rowan Atkinson comedy series Blackadder. Her other various credits include Sleepy Hollow, The Crying Game, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Part 1, and The Hours.

The Long Night’s cast already reportedly includes Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo.

The new series is said to take place way in the past as it will explore the origins of the White Walkers.

It’s expected to begin shooting this summer at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The homestead production used for the last eight seasons of Game of Thrones.

There is also an expectation that episodes could begin airing on HBO in 2020.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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