The Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, has been in the works for a while, and it is one of the many productions that has had some COVID-related difficulties. However, it appears HBO is powering through with the series, which will draw inspiration from George R.R. Martin's novella Fire & Blood, and follow the rise of the Targaryen family. The cast for the series keeps growing, in fact, the official Twitter account for the show just announced seven new cast members.
"Fire cannot kill a dragon. Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, and Gavin Spokes have been cast in the @HBO original series #HouseoftheDragon, coming to @HBOMax in 2022," @HouseOfDragon wrote. "Their reign has just begun. Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, and David Horovitch have been cast in #HouseoftheDragon," they added. You can view the tweets below:
Fire cannot kill a dragon.— House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) September 24, 2021
Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, and Gavin Spokes have been cast in the @HBO original series #HouseoftheDragon, coming to @HBOMax in 2022. Learn more: https://t.co/k34dQNSY06 pic.twitter.com/EeSaKTayTE
Their reign has just begun.— House of the Dragon (@HouseofDragon) September 24, 2021
Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, and David Horovitch have been cast in #HouseoftheDragon. The @HBO original series premieres on @HBOMax in 2022. Learn more: https://t.co/k34dQNSY06 pic.twitter.com/Ml5ZyWehlX
HBO's website describes the new cast members as follows: "Ryan Corr as Ser Harwin 'Breakbones' Strong. Harwin is said to be the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms. Ser Harwin is the eldest son to Master of Laws Lyonel Strong and heir to Harrenhal. Jefferson Hall is Lord Jason Lannister, the Lord of Casterly Rock and twin to Ser Tyland Lannister. He also plays Tyland Lannister, a crafty and calculating politician, twin to Lord Jason Lannister. David Horovitch as Grand Maester Mellos. He's a voice of reason and trusted advisor to King Viserys. Graham McTavish as Ser Harrold Westerling. Ser Harrold has served in the Kingsguard since the days of King Jaehaerys; he is a paragon of chivalry and honor. Matthew Needham as Larys Strong. The younger son of Master of Laws Lyonel Strong, he's brought to court by his father. Bill Paterson plays Lord Lyman Beesbury, the Lord of Honeyholt and Master of Coin on King Viserys's small council. Gavin Spokes is Lord Lyonel Strong. He's Master of Laws to King Viserys and Lord of Harrenhal."
Previous reports have named Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, and Emma D'Arcy as part of the cast as well as Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock, and Emily Carey. It was revealed that the series will have five main characters, including King Viserys Targaryen (Considine), Alicent Hightower (Cooke), Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (D'Arcy), Prince Daemon Targaryen (Smith), and Lord Corlys Velaryon AKA the Sea Snake (Toussaint). Ifans will play Otto Hightower, the hand of the King, Best has been cast as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, Mizuno plays Mysaria, an ally to Prince Daemon Targaryen, Fabien Frankel will play Ser Criston Cole, Alcock is Young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, and Carey is set to portray Young Alicent Hightower.
House of the Dragon does not yet have a premiere date, but the show is expected to debut in 2022.