HBO has found its director for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel pilot and has rounded out the cast with newly announced regulars.

The prequel which is tentatively titled The Long Night, which is set a long while before the events of the current series, has tapped Toby Regbo (Reign), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans) and Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia films) Naomi Ackie (the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX), Denise Gough (The Fall), Jamie Campbell Bower (Will), Sheila Atim (Harlots) and Alex Sharp (Broadway’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). They all join previously announced cast members Naomi Watts, who’ll play a charming socialite with a dark secret, and Josh Whitehouse.

It should be pointed it out that a lot of these casting were revealed back in December over at ThatHashtagShow.

In addition, SJ Clarkson (Bates Motel) has been brought on to helm the pilot. She will also serve as an executive producer. Putting her involvement in Star Trek 4 in doubt.

The potential offshoot takes place thousands of years before the exploits of Daenerys & Co. and, per the official logline, “chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.” Oh, and everything we’ve been told about Thrones lore isn’t necessarily “the story we think we know,” the synopsis promises.

HBO ordered the prequel pilot in June 2018, based on a story by X-Men: First Class‘ Jane Goldman and Thrones author George R.R. Martin; Goldman will serve as showrunner.

The pilot is expected to be shot in the new year and full series to be shot over the summer. Production will be taking place at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where Game of Thrones had been shot for the entirety of its eight seasons.

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