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Naomi Ackie, Toby Regbo and Georgie Henley among eight new Game of Thrones prequel stars

Treasure Island, Toby Regbo

Story by Jack Foley

THE cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel is coming together, with eight new up and coming actors cast in pivotal roles.

In addition, SJ Clarkson has been named as the director of the pilot, which has been co-penned by writers Jane Goldman and franchise mastermind George R.R. Martin. Clarkson is hitherto best known for directing episodes of Jessica Jones and Succession, as well as the upcoming Star Trek feature.

Of the young actors cast as series regulars, Naomi Ackie (who will next appear in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars) will play a key role alongside the previously announced Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse.

In addition, Toby Regbo (pictured, of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald and Treasure Island fame), Denise Gough (Guerrilla, Tony-nominated for Angels in America), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd, Twilight, Mortal Instruments), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Black Mirror, Humans), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Alex Sharp (To the Bone) have all been confirmed.

Needless to say, details about their characters are being kept under wraps thus far.

The only character detail that has been revealed is that Watts is taking on a role of a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.

What is known is that the drama will be set thousands of years before the events of the HBO flagship show, which comes to its conclusion later this year.

The story will chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.

The logline reads: “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.”

More about the stars and director

Clarkson will become the first female director of a Star Trek feature when she takes the helm of Star Trek 4, from Abrams. Her other credits include BBC/Netflix’s Collateral and pilots for Marvel’s The Defenders and Jessica Jones, as well as episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Bates Motel, Dexter and HBO/Cinemax’s Banshee.

Ackie will next appear in Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX, which is due out in December. She most recently appeared in Idris Elba’s feature directorial debut Yardie and has a key role on Channel 4/Hulu’s The Bisexual.

Gough’s credits include an Olivier Award and Critics Circle Theatre Award for her performance in the play People, Places and Things. She can currently be seen in UK cinemas starring alongside Keira Knightley in Colette and next appears in The Kid Who Would Be King, Juliet, Naked and The Torture Report.

Bower counts the Twilight franchise, Starz’s Camelot and AMC’s The Prisoner among his credits.

Atim won an Olivier Award for her role in Girl From the North Country, and she also appeared opposite Mark Rylance and Andre Holland in Othello.

Brit Jeremiah counts episodes of Doctor Who and Humans among his credits and next appears in the UK feature The Flood, opposite Game of Thrones luminaries Lena Headey and Iain Glen.

Georgie Henley started her career playing Lucy in all three Chronicles of Narnia features. Most recently, she was seen on London’s stage in Philip Ridley’s Angry at Southwark Playhouse.

Sharp recently wrapped The Hustle and appeared in How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

And, finally, Regbo counts Netflix’s The Last Kingdom and recently reprised his role as Young Dumbledore in November’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald. He is currently shooting Netflix’s Medici, opposite Game of Thrones grad Richard Madden. Regbo’s credits include Sky’s adaptation of Treasure Island alongside Eddie Izzard.