Finally, it has been a long wait for any official news on the casting surrounding the upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off, House of Dragon. The series is inspired by George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood as it follows the house of Targaryen 300 years before the events of the main series. It has now been reported by The Hollywood Reporter that HBO veteran Paddy Considine will be leading the show as King Viserys Targaryen. He is described as a warm, kind, and decent man, whose only wish is to carry on his grandfather’s legacy. Sadly, a kind man doesn’t always make for a great king, which will be an important lesson he’ll learn throughout the series.
The show was picked up straight-to-series with a 10-episode order. Martin and Ryan Condal are acting as series creators. Condal and Sara Lee Hess will be penning the script. Game of Thrones veteran Miguel Sapochnik will be acting as showrunner alongside Hess. He is also attached to direct the pilot and a few episodes. Considine is a great addition as the series lead. He has quite the extensive filmography ranging from Hot Fuzz, Peaky Blinders to HBO’s The Outsider. This is certainly a series to keep an eye out for as we near its production start. As the show focuses on the Targaryen history, we will see how many dragons they will show on-screen. Game of Thrones was a massive success for HBO, so they will be investing quite a bit into this show.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter