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Unlike Jon Snow, we now know something about HBO's upcoming series

By Michele Corriston
October 30, 2018 04:58 PM
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Unlike Jon Snow, we now know something … about the untitled Game of Thrones prequel.

HBO has cast Naomi Watts as a “charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” in the incredibly secretive project, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The series will reportedly start shooting in early 2019.

Game of Thrones is ending with season 8, set to premiere next year. Unlike the original fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin’s wildly popular A Song of Ice and Fire books, there’s no clear source material for the prequel.

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HBO did release a general description: “Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles 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.”

Watts, 50, certainly brings some A-list appeal to the prequel: She’s earned two Oscar nominations over her more than two decades in Hollywood and last appeared on TV in 2017’s Twin Peaks.