In October 2019 HBO announced it is moving forward with House of the Dragon a Game of Thrones prequel series centered around The Dance of the Dragons, the devastating Targaryen civil war set hundreds of years before the events of the original series. Since then, things have been rather quiet but thanks to a new report from a reliable leaker this is about to change.
Throwing in a bit of detective work of our own, we recently found an interesting crew entry on Linkedin. William O’Toole who previously worked as a financial controller on HBO’s unaired Game of Thrones prequel Bloodmoon, now lists a new project among his work:
This new project, for which O’Toole has been working since January 2020 reads “Untitled Game of Thrones Prequel – Red Gun“. In our opinion this can only mean one thing. Red Gun is in fact a code-name for House of the Dragon.
Now on to the big news. Reliable leaks and NSFW site Recapped reports that HBO is currently looking for two female leads for House of the Dragon.
The first is Rhaenyra Targaryen also known as the Realm’s Delight, a Targaryen princess who alongside her halfbrother Aegon II. will be one of the main contenders for the Iron Throne during the Dance of the Dragons. According to Recapped, HBO is looking for someone in their late twenties for the role.
The second casting call is for Alicent Hightower, stepmother of Rhaenyra and mother of Aegon. The role is described as requiring a slightly older actress than Rhaenyra’s.
Recapped also mentions that House of The Dragon is scheduled to start filming in the UK and Spain in 2021. We’ll definitely keep an eye on the development and watch out for news. It looks like the coming months will be interesting!