Ever since its initial announcement, news have been scarce about House of the Dragon, HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel. Last time we reported that HBO has been looking for three series leads: Rhaenyra Targaryen, Alicent Hightower and Daemon Targaryen. We also reported that filming was planned to begin in early 2021. That seems to have changed, at least according to one source.
UK Casting News, a UK production database, as the name suggests, provided an interesting update on the status of House of the Dragon and the location where the series will be filmed. According to them, House of the Dragon will begin filming in late 2020 at Leavesden Studios, UK.
UPDATE: UK Casting News have since updated the entry. It now states that House of the Dragon will start filming in January 2021.
Leavesden Studios are known for countless large-scale productions such as Mission: Impossible, Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, Kingsman, Spider-Man: Far From Home and many more including Matt Reeves’ upcoming film The Batman.
It has been reported last year that Titanic Studios in Belfast, where all eight seasons of Game of Thrones were filmed, would no longer be the house for all things Westeros and until now it was pretty much a mystery where HBO would move to instead. Now we know and it isn’t surprising since the UK has many big production studios across the country.
We’re excited to learn more about this and are looking forward to some official news long overdue by now.
UPDATE: Looks like we we’re feeling a bit prophetic. Just minutes after finishing this post, several large outlets broke the news that House of the Dragon has found its first official cast member in British actor Paddy Considine, playing King Viserys I Targaryen.