A Song of Ice and Fire series author George RR Martin has confirmed that the Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts, will be called The Long Night.
Martin revealed the news on Twitter while welcoming Watts to the cast.
“Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the first of the GAME OF THRONES successor series to ordered to film. HBO has just announced the first cast member: NAOMI WATTS is coming on board as one of our stars.”
Further, Martin wrote on his blog, “I could not be more excited. Welcome to Westeros, Naomi.”
The exact details of Watts’ character are being kept under wraps, but it is known she is playing “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”
The 70-year old added, “Jane Goldman scripted the LONG NIGHT pilot and will be running the show. She and her team are busy in London right now, neck deep in casting, and I expect some more names will be announced soon.”
Martin continued, “Meanwhile, there are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development. I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could. The readers among you might want to grab a copy of FIRE & BLOOD when it is released on November 20, though.”
According to reports, the prequel will chronicle “the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” and look at the secrets of the history of the warring families in the fictional kingdom of Westeros.