Naomi Watts to star in ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

You may also recognise her from the 2005 remake of King Kong, or as the lead character from the U.S. remake of The Ring.

The British actress, 50, will play "a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret", reported Variety today, October 31. She's now signed on to play Gretchen Carlson in a Showtime limited series about Roger Ailes, and most recently appeared in the revival of Twin Peaks. Earlier this month, she was cast as news anchor Gretchen Carlson in Showtime's series on disgraced Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, opposite Russell Crowe. HBO is developing five spin-offs from Game of Thrones, and Watts is reportedly signed on to the one that already has a pilot order.

Goldman co-created the project with George R.R. Martin, whose "A Song of Ice and Fire" novel series serves as the basis for "Game of Thrones".

"Jane Goldman scripted the Long Night pilot and will be running the show", Martin went on to say.

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According to the publication, the prequel "chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour". James Farrell and Jim Danger Gray (Hannibal) are also executive producers. Chris Symes will co-executive produce.

Further details about her character remain unknown, but for Game of Thrones fans, the "charismatic socialite" description instantly conjures memories of Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), the smart and savvy political maneuverer who regularly faced off against Cersei Lannister in the battle for the control over two kings: both of whom were Cersei's children. It turns out people didn't want to watch a series where the South won the Civil War and slavery remained legal, who knew?

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