The Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon has found its lead. Paddy Considine is the first actor to be cast in the upcoming series. The British actor is known for his work in another HBO drama, The Outsider, as well as Netflix’s Peaky Blinders. He’s appeared in the films The World’s End and Hot Fuzz, and was nominated for a Tony last year for his work in the Broadway play The Ferryman.
House of the Dragon occurs 300 years before the Game of Thrones and is set for a 10-episode first season. Fire and Blood, the book the show is based on, was released in 2018 by Martin. It’s the first of two volumes Martin intends to release chronicling Targaryen kings.
House of the Dragon lists Martin and Ryan Condal, producer of 2014’s Hercules and 2018’s Rampage, as co-creators. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, a previous director of six Game of Thrones episodes, are showrunners, replacing the franchise’s famous showrunning duo of D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.
There’s no date for a release yet, but HBO head Casey Bloys said in January that his “best guess” is that it’ll debut in 2022. Martin said on his site last October that Condal has already done “a considerable amount of writing.”