Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon casts Peaky Blinders star in lead Targaryen role

GAME Of Thrones' backstory will be led by a Peaky Blinders star as Paddy Considine steps into the shoes of Targaryen for House Of The Dragon.

The GOT prequel, set 300 years before the American fantasy drama, has appointed its lead role in the form of the Staffordshire-born actor.

Paddy, 47, played villainous priest Father John Hughes in the Birmingham-based gangster series and will now switch from the religious realm to the house of the "warm, kind and decent."

He will take on the role of King Viserys Targaryen in the 10-episode series, based on George R.R Martin's book, Fire and Blood.

The shows will see Viserys attempt to fulfil the legacy of his grandfather, after being selected by the Lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen.

Yet although he is a good man, it remains to be seen whether he will make a solid king.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher actor Paddy's character will no doubt also shed links to the family tree, with Daenerys Targaryen part of the subsequent Game Of Thrones series.

In a recent chat with Deadline, HBO's programming president Casey Bloys confirmed that it filming currently underway and it should be on our screens within the next two years.

Speaking about the up and coming series, Casey said: “The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories.

“We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”

In 2018 Paddy told The Guardian he was looking for a "really great performance" to make his career stand out, despite his numerous successful projects – and this could be it.

He told the publication: "There’s a part of me that’s going: ‘I haven’t touched it yet.’

"I haven’t touched that exquisite thing, a really great performance. I don’t think I’ve done it, yet.

"What I’m looking for is that bit when it transcends acting. Where you feel like you’re literally looking through a window at someone else’s life."

He said: "For me for right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the number one priority.

"Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on House of the Dragon."

George R.R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Ryan Condal, and Miguel Sapochnik will work alongside side each other as the executive producers.

It is expected to air in 2022.

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