Actors Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Sonoya Mizuno have joined the cast of HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon. They will be joining Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, and Emma D’Arcy as part of the main cast.
Toussaint will play Lord Corlys Velaryon aka “The Sea Snake.” The lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen, “The Sea Snake,” is the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros. He built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world. Best is Princess Rhaenys Velaryon. A dragon rider and wife to Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Queen Who Never Was” was passed over as heir to the throne at the Great Council because the realm favored her cousin, Viserys, simply for being male.
Rhys Ifans plays Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, who loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne. Sonoya Mizuno will play Mysaria. She came to Westeros with nothing, sold more times than she can recall, and could have wilted… but instead, she rose to become the most trusted — and most unlikely — ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the heir to the throne.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony, Hercules) will serve as co-creators on the series. Miguel Sapochnik and Condal will be showrunners, and the pair will also serve as executive producers along with Martin, Vince Gerardis, Sara Lee Hess, and Ron Schmidt. Greg Yaitanes is directing and co-executive producing. Clare Kilner and Geeta V. Patel will also direct the series.