As HBO starts releasing new hints at the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, more pieces are being put into place for the prequel.
Miranda Richardson, who’s appeared in a number of films besides Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and who’s had a distinguished career in the theatre, has been added to the cast of the yet-to-be-titled new series in development from writer Jane Goldman and author George R. R. Martin. Goldman will serve as showrunner and will executive produce with Martin, Vince Gerardis (GoT), Daniel Zelman (Damages, Bloodline), James Farrell, Jim Danger Gray (Orange is the New Black), along with Sara Lee Hess and Chris Symes (The Alienist).
According to articles in Deadline and Variety, the story takes place thousand years before the events in Game of Thrones, and chronicles the decline from the Golden Age of Heroes. Advance promotional information from HBO promises that the show will unravel “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.”
Richardson is an Oscar nominee for her work in Damage and Tom & Viv, and has won both BAFTA and Golden Globes awards. She’s played Queen Elizabeth (Queenie) in the Blackadder series of productions, along with Rita Skeeter in two Harry Potter films. She’s currently appearing in Sky’s ten-part series Curfew with Sean Bean, and she’ll also appear in Good Omens when it premieres in May on Amazon Prime.
Making her West End theatre debut in 1981, she was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress for A Lie of the Mind. She’s also appeared in Empire of the Sun, Sleepy Hollow, and Enchanted April.
Richardson joins Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackle, and Denise Gough.
Game of Thrones will air its final six-episode season starting on April 14.