Matt Smith has been announced as having a major role in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon

Matt Smith is set to be one of the major stars of the new series, which is set centuries before the time of Game of Thrones. The former Doctor Who star will be playing the Great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather of Game of Thrones character Danerys Targaryen. The King’s younger brother, and presumed heir, Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) is a celebrated fighter and charmer, known for his good looks and arrogance. But when the Queen gives birth to a son, the stage is set for a conflict between brothers that will echo down the generations. And as this is an age before dragons had almost died out, this will be a war fought with fire…


Game of Thrones: Eastwatch - Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) (c) HBO
Smith will be played the ancestor of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) from the original Game of Thrones (c) HBO

Other stars announced include Paddy Considine (The Death of Stalin, The Girl with All the Gifts) as elder brother King Viserys. While Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Ready Player One) is Alicent Hightower, the widowed King’s new bride whose pregnancy throws the succession of the dynasty into doubt. Meanwhile Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers) will play Princess Rhaenyra, Viserys’ only offspring as the story begins. Doomed to be passed over by her stepmother’s new son, she forms an incestuous alliance with her Uncle Daemon as the battle for control of Westeros’ destiny explodes.


House of the Dragon is just one part of Matt Smith’s busy schedule for the next few years

Of course, this isn’t the first time Matt Smith has played a prince, with Prince Phillip in The Crown being his other major role since leaving Doctor Who. However, Blogtor Who expects a lot more sex and violence during his adventures in King’s Landing compared to Buckingham Palace. Before then, he’ll be seen as antagonist Loxias Crown in Morbius, based on the Marvel comic book, and in the new time travel horror thriller Last Night in Soho from Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead).

House of the Dragon is being made for HBO and is due to appear on our screens in 2022



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