Shooting begins on HBO's Game Of Thrones prequel
Shooting has begun on HBO's hugely anticipated new prequel to Game Of Thrones, The Long Night.
According to Entertainment Weekly, production has now started in Northern Ireland, where the vast majority of Game Of Thrones was also shot.
If the show's pilot is successful and it is ordered to series, it is not expected to be on screens until late 2020 at the earliest, with 2021 a more likely time of arrival.
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.
The prequel sees her work directly with creator George R.R. Martin and is set 5,000 thousand years before the events of Game Of Thrones.
The series is 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.”
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.