HBO's Game of Thrones has begun casting for its upcoming prequel series. Titled House of the Dragon, the series takes place a couple hundred years before the stories told in the GOT series and surrounds House Targaryen. It has just been announced that English actor Paddy Considine has been cast to play King Viserys I.
King Viserys I
The George R.R. Martin inspired prequel takes place about a century after Aegon's conquest, when King Viserys I began his rule over Westeros. Years later, his children, Rhaenyra and Aegon II, would end up fighting in the Dance of Dragons, causing a civil war over which child would take the throne next. We can expect to see Considine playing a kindhearted and well meaning King throughout the series, which is set to air for ten episodes in 2022.
You might recognize Considine as Father Hughes in the popular crime series Peaky Blinders or for his role as DS Gabe Waters in the drama series Informer. As for his film roles, Considine can be seen in Hot Fuzz, Cinderella Man, and The Death of Stalin as well as having written, directed, and starred in Journeyman.
House of the Dragon will be Considine's return to HBO, as he plays Claude Bolton in The Outsider and Mr. Martin in the new drama series, The Third Day. For now, we will have to wait to see how he takes on his role as King Viserys I.