The Thronesverse just expanded, thanks to HBO’s latest casting announcement. House of the Dragon, a Targaryen family-based Game of Thrones prequel, has added four new stars to its already impressive roster.
According to Variety, Toussaint will portray Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake,” a very wealthy nautical adventurer. The Amazing Spider-Man’s Ifans will play Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King to Constantine’s Viserys Targaryen. Best will play Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, Corlys’ wife and the only child of Prince Aemon Targaryen — passed over as heir upon his passing in favour of Aemon’s brother, Baelon, because she was a woman, earning her the title “The Queen Who Never Was”. Finally, Ex Machina and Devs star Mizuno will play Mysaria, a dancer from Lys who eventually becomes the paramour of Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen (and eventually, the mistress of whispers to D’Arcy’s Queen Rhaenerya). You know what that calls for.
House of the Dragon was actually the first spinoff George R.R. Martin pitched to HBO. He’ll serve as executive producer and there’s a possibility he might someday even write for it, after he finishes a few other minor tasks. The series takes place during the Targaryen Civil War, about 300 years before Game of Thrones. It will premiere on HBO and HBO Max in 2022 — and likely wind up on Foxtel in Australia.