George R. R. Martin reveals more details about plans for HBO's Game Of Thrones prequel
George R.R. Martin has revealed more details about HBO's hugely anticipated new prequel to Game Of Thrones.
Production on the series has now started in Northern Ireland, where the vast majority of Game Of Thrones was also shot.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the project, Martin revealed that while none of the characters from the series will be in the prequel, plenty of the families and key parts of the original series will be there.
He said: " “The Starks will definitely be there. Obviously, the White Walkers are here — or as they’re called in my books, The Others — and that will be an aspect of it. There are things like direwolves and mammoths. The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Castlery Rock is certainly there; it’s like the Rock of Gibraltar. It’s actually occupied by the Casterlys — for whom it’s still named after in the time of Game of Thrones."
Martin went on to add that no one actor will be given the starring role in the show.
He added: "I hesitate to use the word ‘lead,’ As you know for Game of Thrones, we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor [during awards season] until recently; it was always for supporting [categories] because the show is such an ensemble. I think that will be true for this show too. We don’t have leads so much as a large ensemble cast.”
The series has been written by Kingsman: The Secret Service's Jane Goldman, who also acts as showrunner. SJ Clarkson, who had been booked to take charge of Star Trek 4, will direct the show's pilot episode.
Naomi Watts and John Simm will star, with Naomi Ackie, Paula star Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo also in key roles.