British actor and director Paddy Considine has been cast in the eagerly anticipated and upcoming Game Of Thrones prequel, HBO has confirmed in a statement.
Having established a prolific reputation due to building a collaborative relationship with director Shane Meadows, Considine will now look to bring his talents to the role of King Viserys Targaryen in the new HBO show House Of The Dragon and emerges as the first name confirmed for the series.
“Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen—AKA the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen—and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones,” HBO said in a statement.
Viserys, Considine’s character, was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal in the story. HBO describes him as “a warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy, but as we’ve learned from Game of Thrones, good men do not necessarily make for great kings.”
While HBO has yet to confirm a release date for House Of The Dragon, it is being speculated to arrive sometime in 2020. The show is being managed by co-creators Martin and Ryan Condal who will also co-produce alongside Martin and Vince Gerardis.