Matt Smith will play Prince Daemon Targaryen, who is 'the younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne and the true blood of the dragon'
The 59 Emmy-winning series Game of Thrones continues to spawn wild theories, interesting podcasts, fascinating books and, of course, spinoffs. House of the Dragon, the widely-anticipated successor series to Game of Thrones, is finally here.
HBO announced the latest cast members who would go back 300 years in time to Westeros for the upcoming spinoff series House of the Dragon.
Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) and Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers) joined the project alongside Matt Smith who is well-known for playing Prince Phillip in Netflix’s The Crown and the 11th incarnation of the Doctor in BBC’s Doctor Who.
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Smith will play the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the “younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne,” HBO revealed. “A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air.”
D’Arcy will play Daemon’s niece, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, who “is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything … but she was not born a man.”
Cooke would play Alicent Hightower, the daughter of the Hand of the King, Otto Hightower. “She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen."
Previously, The Outsider and The Third Day actor Paddy Considine was the only officially cast member, set to play the major role of King Viserys Targaryen.
HBO’s description said: “Viserys was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy, but as we’ve learned from “Game of Thrones,” good men do not necessarily make for great kings.”