Graham McTavish (Outlander, Preacher, The Hobbit) has reportedly confirmed he has been secretly cast in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon in a mysterious role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. During an interview with UK’s Stylist, the actor was asked about the project and said: “I’m enjoying that, yes. I’m really having a lot of fun. We’ve just started. It’s a very big project, so we’re getting to know each other. They’re lovely people. It’s great, but I can’t tell you too much. I can’t tell you really anything about the story! But it involves a lot dragons.”
The outlet notes that McTavish was recently spotted in costume on the set of the series; HBO has reportedly not commented or confirmed the casting news.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon chronicles the rise and the downfall of the Targaryens, who are the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria. It will take place 300 years before the events of the award-winning series adaptation of Game of Thrones which aired its final episode nearly two years ago.
The 10-episode series will star Paddy Considine as King Viserys I, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, and Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. It will also feature Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, and Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria.
House of the Dragon is created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony), with frequent Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik set to helm the pilot and additional episodes of the series. Sapochnik and Condal are also set as co-showrunners of the prequel. Executive producers are Martin, Sapochnik, Condal, Vince Gerardis, and Sara Lee Hess.
The prequel series is currently eyeing a 2022 debut.