HBO begins casting for ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

LOS ANGELES: HBO is moving forward with the prequel of its mega-hit Game of Thrones. The network has begun casting for its series, House of the Dragon.
The project is based on George R.R. Martin’s ‘Fire & Blood’ book, a history of House Targaryen set 300 years before the events described in Game of Thrones, which finished its eight-season run in 2019.
Ryan Condal has been included as the showrunner along with Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed Game of Thrones episodes such as The Battle of Bastards and the Winds of Winter.
Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes in the show. HBO has committed to ten episodes of the early anticipated series.
Martin’s book covers 150 years and includes the rise and fall of many leaders in  Westeros but it is not clear who has been cast for which roles so far.
House of the Dragon replaces HBO’s previously announced but now scrapped prequel project, starring Naomi Watts. House of the Dragon is expected to be released in 2022.
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