Josh Whitehouse (Poldark, Northern Soul) is joining Naomi Watts in HBO‘s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, titled The Long Night. The British actor has landed a lead role in the pilot, according to Deadline. While his Whitehouse’s role is being kept under wraps, Watts will play a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.
The Game of Thrones prequel, created by Jane Goldman and author George R.R. Martin, will begin filming in Belfast in early 2019. Goldman and Martin’s prequel will be set thousands of years before the events of the current show. The channel previously teased the new series with the following logline: “Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend — it’s not the story we think we know.”
The Game of Thrones prequel pilot is based on a story from Goldman and Martin, with a teleplay credited to Goldman, who will serve as the showrunner. Goldman and Martin will also serve as executive producers, along with Game of Thrones producer Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman (Damages, Bloodline).
Game of Thrones Season 8, premiering in 2019, will be the final season of the original series. Directors for Game of Thrones Season 8 include creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, plus David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik. Writers for the season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.
Returning series regulars will include Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner(Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane) and Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion).