Naomi Watts to Play a Socialite with a Dark Secret in Game of Thrones Prequel Series

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HBO’s untitled Game of Thrones prequel series from Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin has found its first lead: Naomi Watts has signed on to play a character described only as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret,” Variety reports. The news comes after the pilot, one of originally five in contention at HBO, was greenlit in July.

It would seem that Watts’ socialite will lead a larger ensemble of characters, based on what HBO president of programming Casey Bloys told Deadline in July: “There are very strong female characters but it’s an ensemble, there is men and women. Jane is a very good writer, we don’t want to limit her to writing female leads. There are a lot of very complicated leads in [the pilot].” Seeing as the series seems to cover the Long Night in some form (judging from Martin’s suggestion of that as a title...