Outlander and The Hobbit star Graham McTavish confirms he has been secretly cast in the Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon.
Set about two centuries before the events of Game of Thrones, the upcoming prequel on HBO is based on a book by George R.R. Martin titled Fire & Blood, which chronicles the rise and fall of the Targaryen house.
Fans recently got their first look at the highly awaited prequel earlier this month.
The pictures revealed Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy dressed in costume as Prince Daemon and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively. The official first look photos also displayed Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon alongside Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans as Alicent and Ser Otto Hightower.
Soon after, rumors began stirring that the beloved Outlander star Graham McTavish had been cast in House of the Dragon. The Scottish actor posted a photo to Instagram from Cornwall, where production of the Game of Thrones prequel series is taking place. The photo was shared around the same time when the official first look was released.
Nonetheless, fans became convinced of his casting when McTavish was reportedly spotted on set in full costume. Though HBO has not said a word about the casting and appears to be keeping it a secret, McTavish is now opening up himself.
In a recent interview with UK fashion magazine Stylist for his new documentary Men in Kilts, Graham McTavish confirmed rumors saying,
“I’m enjoying that, yes. I’m really having a lot of fun. We’ve just started. It’s a very big project, so we’re getting to know each other. They’re lovely people. It’s great, but I can’t tell you too much. I can’t tell you really anything about the story! But it involves a lot of dragons.”Graham McTavish
However, fans are left to their own assumptions when trying to figure out what character he will be playing. Interpreting from the available information, many speculate McTavish will be portraying Harrold Westerling, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard under the Targaryen’s rule. Although some also believe he could play Lyonel Strong, Cregan Stark, or Borros Baratheon.
McTavish is clearly no stranger to the medieval milieu, as he has previously featured as one of the thirteen dwarves (Dawlin) in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy and as the war chieftain Dougal Mackenzie in the Starz historical drama Outlander. With these two roles under his belt, McTavish is now set to feature in yet another popular book adaptation series. He will certainly make a fine addition to the crew of House of the Dragon. But as which character, remains to be seen.
About House Of The Dragon
House of the Dragon is the prequel series to HBO’s blockbuster Game of Thrones based on George R. R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood.
Set three hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon will show Westeros under the Targaryen family’s rule before the dragons went extinct. It will follow the Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryen civil war between siblings Aegon II and Rhaenyra, who fought for the throne after the death of their father, Viserys I.
Directed by Ryan Condall and Miguel Sapochnik, the show stars Paddy Considine as Viserys I Targaryen, Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen, Tom Glynn-Craney as Aegon II Targaryen, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Steve Toussaint as Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Rhaenys Velaryon, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, Fabien Frankel as Criston Cole, and Graham McTavish.