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John Simm, Richard McCabe and Dixie Egerickx join Game of Thrones prequel

Jim Broadbent and John Simm in Exile

Story by Jack Foley

JOHN Simm (pictured), Marquis Rodriguez, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan and Dixie Egerickx have joined the prequel series to Game of Thrones.

The additional performers brings the number of confirmed series regulars to 16, which implies that the prequel will not shy away from the epic scale that’s now a trademark of Game of Thrones.

As is always the case, HBO has refused to reveal any details of who the newcomers will play.

The only bit of character description so far is that lead Naomi Watts – who was the first name to join the series – will play a ‘charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret’.

Also on board are Josh Whitehouse (Poldark), Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: Episode IX), Denise Gough (Guerrilla), Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Black Mirror), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Alex Sharp (To the Bone), Toby Regbo (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald) and Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game, World Without End).

The prequel is set thousands of years before Game of Thrones and will chronicle the world’s descent from the Age of Heroes to its darkest hour.

HBO’s logline for the pilot reads: “And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s 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.”

The pilot is based on a story by George R.R. Martin, whose A Song of Ice and Fire novels are the source material for Game of Thrones, and Jane Goldman, who wrote the teleplay and will serve as show-runner.

SJ Clarkson is also on board to direct the pilot.

The final season of Game of Thrones is due to premiere in the US on April 14 and from April 15 in the UK on Sky Atlantic.