HBO announced today that Paddy Considine will play King Viserys Targaryen in Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, which is coming to both HBO and HBO Max. Paddy Considine can currently be seen in HBO’s The Outsider and The Third Day.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
King Viserys Targaryen was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings.
Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony, Hercules) will serve as co-creators on the series.
Miguel Sapochnik and Condal will be showrunners, and the pair will also serve as executive producers along with Martin and Vince Gerardis.
Sapochnik, whose directing credits include six Game of Thrones episodes, won Emmy and DGA honors for “Battle of the Bastards.” He was nominated for another Emmy in 2019 for directing “The Long Night” and won the Emmy for Best Drama Series as an executive producer for the final season.
Considine’s credits also include Journeyman, Peaky Blinders, Hot Fuzz, Dead Man’s Shoes, In America and The Ferryman.
HBO previously gave a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to House of the Dragon, co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal and Sapochnik will partner as showrunners on the series, which will be written by Condal.
In total, Sapochnik has directed six episodes of Game of Thrones, including “Hardhome” and “Winds of Winter,” in addition to the episodes previously noted. He also directed the film Bios for Amblin Studios starring Tom Hanks which debuts in the fall of 2020. Previously, Sapochnik directed episodes of True Detective for HBO and Banshee for Cinemax.
Ryan Condal was the co-creator and showrunner of Colony for three seasons. He was the writer of MGM’s Hercules and is also adapting the graphic novel Analog as a feature for Lionsgate.
“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
House of the Dragon marks Sapochnik’s first project as part of an HBO overall deal where he will develop and produce content for both HBO and HBO Max.
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