Game of Thrones: Matt Smith among new cast added to prequel series House of the Dragon

The Crown star will play a prince in fantasy show

Ellie Harrison
Saturday 12 December 2020 11:23
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Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy have joined the cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon.

Doctor Who and The Crown star Smith is set to play Prince Daemon Targaryen, a “peerless warrior” who is the younger brother of King Viserys and heir to the throne.

Cooke, known for Bates Motel, will portray Alicent Hightower, the daughter of Hand of the King Otto Hightower who was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his inner circle. 

D’Arcy (Truth Seekers, Wanderlust) will star as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s first-born, pure Valyrian-blooded child who is a dragonrider.

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The three actors join Paddy Considine, who was previously announced as King Viserys Targaryen.

Many of the details about the new series remain under wraps, but it has been revealed that it will be set 300 years before the events of the original show.

House of the Dragon is one of four Game of Thrones spin-offs in the works at HBO. An untitled prequel starring Naomi Watts was not picked up by the network for a full series in October 2019.

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