Game of Thrones prequel starts filming

It'll be set around 5,000 years before the events of the original show. 

Filming on the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series has officially begun. 

The pilot is currently being shot in Northern Ireland, a location which served as the central production hub for the original series. 

Author George R.R Martin has previously suggested the prequel will be titled The Long Night, nothing’s been confirmed. It’s also unclear as to whether any of it will be shot elsewhere. 

The series will be set roughly 5,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones in a very unfamiliar Westeros. 

“There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built,” said Martin. “We’re dealing with a different, older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series.”

Naomi Watts is set to lead the ensemble cast in a role that’s been described as “ charismatic socialite with a dark secret.” She’ll be joined by Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson, Josh Whitehouse and Jamie Campbell Bower.

X-Men First Class’s Jane Goldman will serve as showrunner alongside Martin and Jessica Jones director S.J. Clarkson. 

If the pilot is greenlit to series, the earliest fans should expect to see the show on the air is late 2020, But looking to previous Game of Thrones premiere dates, Spring 2021 seems a more likely date.

Source: Entertainment Weekly 

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