Since word got out in October 2018 that Naomi Watts would be leading the cast, we’ve had little to no news about who is in the Game of Thrones prequel cast — until now. Finally (finally!), on Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly confirmed the rest of the core cast for the still-untitled GoT prequel series. Featuring a mix of familiar faces and newcomers, all hailing from the U.K. and Ireland, this casting news has managed to increase our excitement for the coming series.
In addition to Watts, who will play “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” per Deadline’s October announcement, and young actor Josh Whitehouse, who Deadline confirmed as a series lead in October as well, the cast is full of younger actors. While there have been no specifics mentioned about which character each actor would be playing (HBO is keeping nearly all plot details under lock and key at this point), we can draw some exciting conclusions based on the cast.
First off, the cast is majority female, with the premiere episode to be directed by prominent British female director S.J. Clarkson, who has directed episodes of Bates Motel and Orange Is the New Black in the past. Newly announced female cast members include Georgie Henley (who some may recognize as Lucy Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia movies from the mid-’00s), Naomi Ackie (who will be seeing later in 2019 in Star Wars Episode IX), Denise Gough and Sheila Atim.
Male cast members include Jamie Campbell Bower (who you may recognize from the Twilight film series), Alex Sharp (who has also appeared the Keanu Reeves-Lily Collins Netflix film To the Bone) as well as Toby Regbo, Ivanno Jeremiah.
Interestingly, aside from Watts, the cast mostly skews younger, with a majority of the actors in their 20s and 30s. While there’s nothing in the way of specific plot details for the prequel, knowing the show will focus primarily on younger actors and, implicitly, younger characters makes it appear as if this show might feel a bit younger and appeal to an even broader demographic than it currently does (although we won’t lie: GoT has major appeal as it stands).
There’s still no confirmed premiere date for the prequel series since filming has yet to begin, although EW guesstimates that we can expect this series to hit our TV screens some time in 2020.