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Paddy Considine to lead HBO's new Game Of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon
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Paddy Considine to lead HBO's new Game Of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon

Dead Man Shoes' star Paddy Considine is to lead HBO's new Game Of Thrones prequel, House Of The Dragon.

House Of The Dragon will track the beginnings and the end of House Targaryen, the house that produced Emilia Clarke's beloved Daenerys Targaryen. 

Colony creator Ryan Condal and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin will write the series, which is based on Martin's book Fire & Blood.

Considine will play King Viserys I, who chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. 

Viserys I is described as "...a warm, kind, and decent man, who only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings..."

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House Of The Dragon is set to shoot in 2021, with the aim of being on screens in 2022. Considine is the first to join the cast. 

The confirmation of House of the Dragon follows HBO's decision to not proceed with another Game Of Thrones prequel, The Long Night. 

The show was due to star Naomi Watts and John Simm, with Naomi Ackie, Paula star Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo also in key roles, but will not move to series. 

It had been described as chronicling “the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And 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.”

Kingsman: The Secret Service's Jane Goldman had written the pilot and was due to act as showrunner. SJ Clarkson, who had been booked to take charge of Star Trek 4, directed the pilot, which shot in Northern Ireland over the summer. 

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