After a time of relative calm, HBO’s much awaited Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon is moving forward and is now at a stage to begin casting. Last month, we learned that the television giant is looking for two female leads, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Queen Alicent Hightower respectively, which makes it certain that the series will depict the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.
Thanks to entertainment website The Illuminerdi we now know there is another casting call out there. And this time, they are looking for an actor to play what promises to be the most polarizing role of the series. None other than the rogue prince: Daemon Targaryen.
According to The Illuminerdi the casting call reads:
PRINCE DAEMON TARGARYEN (Male, 40-50) – The younger brother to King Viserys, Daemon wasn’t born with “naked ambition” for the throne despite being in line for it. He’s less methodical and more impetuous. Not to mention easily bored…stumbling from one distraction to the next with the subconscious yet singular obsession with earning the love and acceptance of his brother the king. Most of Daemon’s joy is found at sword-point. But even as the most experienced warrior of his time, he vacillates between vile and heroic, making him the true rogue of the series.
SERIES LEAD. OPTIONS ESSENTIAL *This role is currently scheduled to film between January – December 2021*
UPDATE: Since we saw there were doubts about this one, we checked with two separate sources of our own. Both the casting call and the shoot dates are real.
Daemon’s early inclusion shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has read George R. R. Martin’s novellas The Rogue Prince and The Princess and the Queen or his account of the history of the Targaryen’s Fire and Blood. A dragonrider who wields Dark Sister – one of two ancestral Valyrian steel swords belonging to House Targaryen – he is widely acknowledged as the most formidable of Rhaenyra Targaryen’s supporters. It will be interesting to see this notorious rogue come to life on screen.
The second important bit of information from the slide is of course the filming schedule. We previously heard that House of The Dragon will start filming in early 2021 but it’s good to have a more precise date. Eleven to twelve months is a long time by industry standards but perhaps it is to be expected given the size of the production.
House of the Dragon is co-produced by Ryan Condal and Game of Thrones veteran Miguel Sapochnik, who will also serve as a director. Now that the casting process is in full swing, it shouldn’t be long until we learn of other important roles such as King Aegon II. or Corlys Velaryon, the Sea Snake. Perhaps in time, we will also have names to pin to some of these character. In the meantime, we will keep watching!