Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin reveals prequel series title, and Naomi Watts is confirmed to star.
George RR Martin has finally confirmed that a Game of Thrones spin-off series is truly in motion. It will be called The Long Night and will have English/Australian actress and Oscar nominee, Naomi Watts (Twin Peaks, King Kong) as its lead.
Martin recently tweeted: ‘Casting is now underway for The Long Night, the first of the Game of Thrones successor series to ordered to film.’ He added further information in his blog: ‘I could not be more excited. Welcome to Westeros, Naomi.’
The Long Night, as described by ‘Old Nan’ in Game of Thrones’ first series…
Martin also stated that Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman) scripted The Long Night pilot and will be the series’ showrunner: “She and her team are busy in London right now, neck deep in casting, and I expect some more names will be announced soon.”
One other name has been announced since, and Poldark star Josh Whitehouse will also feature in a major role, but like Watt’s character, nothing else is known
Martin further revealed that there will be even more Game of Thrones news coming: “Meanwhile, there are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development. I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could.”
The Long Night will be set during a time when Westeros was plagued by ‘never-ending darkness.’ New showrunner Jane Goldman warned: “It’s not the story we think we know.”
For Game of Thrones fans, this new series and its place in Westeros’s dark history will offer a huge piece of information that had previously only ever been the subject of speculation.
The timeline of the prequel series will take place 8000 years before the first episode of Game of Thrones, during what’s known in Game of Thrones lore as the Age of Heroes. There is little else known; except the small, but poignant, pieces of information shared in George’s books and the HBO series, in which The Long Night is described as an unprecedented period of snow, famine, and terror.
The new series is estimated to air in 2020, a year after the much-anticipated final series of Game of Thrones hits screens in spring 2019.