The game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon has made its first casting decision with Paddy Considine playing King Viserys Targaryen. The HBO series is the second Game of Thrones spinoff series to go in to the casting stages. The first was to star Naomi Watts before it was suddenly canceled. However, this new prequel series is on scheduled for release in 2022.

The series is set to revolve around the Targaryen family and is based on the history of the house from George RR Martin’s book, Fire and Blood. Daenerys Targaryen, a Game of Thrones fan favourite, played by Emilia Clarke, was a descendant of Viserys. Since the Targaryen rule in Westeros lasted centuries, it’s unclear how deep the show will delve into the history of the family. It’s likely that the show will cover The Dance of Dragons, the Targaryen civil war that ravaged Westeros.

Considine is the first reported casting choice for the prequel series. He has starred in The Outsider, another HBO series, as well as in Netflix’s Peaky Blinders along with cult classic movies by Edgar Wright, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.

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