Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon will finally start filming in April after heavy delays

GAME of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon will begin filming in April.

After a series of delays, HBO have now confirmed production will get underway in two months.

The new series is set 300 years prior of Game of Thrones and will document the history of the House Targaryen.

The network has remain tight-lipped on further details about the show and but some cast members have been announced.

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith will portray Rhaenyra's uncle, Prince Daemon Targaryen.

King Viserys Targaryen will be played by Paddy Considine while the king's heir will be played by Emma D'Arcy, while bates Motel star Olivia Cooke is the king's second wife Queen Alicent Hightower.

However, the part of Aegon II Targaryen, Princess Rhaenyra's younger half-brother, has yet to be cast.

HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys believes the novel by George R.R. Martin offers several opportunities for more spin-offs to be made in the future.

He said at the TCA event Wednesday: "'He's got a lot of road maps in terms of history.

"So one of the great things about House of the Dragon is that it's an established history that leads you to Game of Thrones the show, and there is a lot of little branches. There is a lot of opportunities and stories to tell."

 The series is set to hit screens some time in 2022.

British actress Cooke, 28, told Variety that she had never watched the hit HBO series when she first auditioned for House Of The Dragon.

She admitted: "When I read the script, I hadn't seen any Game of Thrones, but then I binged it and now I'm obsessed."

Speaking about her character, she shared: "I’ve had one sort of preliminary fitting when they just draped some fabric on me but that was it."

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