George RR Martin and Jane Goldman’s millennia-ago prequel is still shrouded in mystery
Game Of Thrones is over soon: that’s just the way it is. Just eight episodes remain of the sweeping, epic, heartbreaking, violent, sexy, sweary, dragon-riding, sword-fighting, throat-slashing, sword-through-the-dick show, and it’s going to leave a hell of a gap behind.
Good news, then: the spin-off/prequel series set during the Long Night, thousands of years before the events of Game Of Thrones, seems to be actually happening.
Even better news if you are a young, talented, incredibly attractive actor: they’re casting.
The show, as-yet-untitled, is being overseen by Jane Goldman, writer of Kick-Ass, the Kingsman films, The Woman In Black and X-Men: First Class. She and George R.R. Martin came up with the story, and Goldman has written it. Production is set to begin in February.
HBO describes the show thus:
“The series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
Watchers On the Wall, the astonishingly dedicated Game Of Thrones fan site (that, heyooooo, reported on us a while back – the internet snake is eating its own tail), has found casting notices for “a confidential, untitled HBO project”, the production dates of which seem to line up with when the show is happening.
Do you want to be in it? You can, as long as you fit the bill for one of the roles they’re currently casting:
- “S”: a black woman, age 24-32
- “A”: a mixed race man, age 17-22
- “I”: a white woman, age 17-25
- “F”: a black woman, age 16-23
They’re all very young, but pleasingly diverse – the original show has been criticised for its “everyone’s white, unless they’re a savage!” casting, and the Long Night involves people from all over the world of Thrones. We’ve never seen the continent of Sothryos portrayed on screen, for instance (although Missandei is said to hail from there originally).
If you’re an actor but are too old or don’t fit the bill, don’t worry – there’ll be plenty more roles cast, presumably. Unless they’re going for a Saved By The Bell type of vibe, there’ll almost certainly be some grizzled old knackered people thrown in there, because it’s a fantasy show, and fantasy shows need knackered-faced old people.
The untitled show will probably be on in 2020, and probably be called The Long Night. That’s loads of information – set the video!
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