Naomi Watts to Play Strong Female Character on 'Game of Thrones' Prequel
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The 'Impossible' actress has been tapped to join the upcoming project based on HBO's mega popular series.

AceShowbiz - "Game of Thrones" prequel pilot has found its leading lady. The forthcoming TV pilot has tapped the "21 Grams" actress to star on the show, written by Jane Goldman, following lengthy negotiations.

Very little is known about her character as the details are currently kept tightly under wraps. However, it's said that the two-time Oscar nominee will play "a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret."

The casting arrives after it was recently announced that Watts joined a Roger Ailes limited series on Showtime. "The Impossible" star is set to star as Gretchen Carlson.

The upcoming prequel project of HBO's mega popular series will be taking place thousands of years before the events of "Game of Thrones". Also co-created by author George R.R. Martin, it chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend–it's not the story we think we know.

It is expected to offer fans an insight into the beginning of the Long Night, a winter that lasted generation. Fans also assume that it will feature the greatest war against the white walkers. According to Martin's books, the Age of Heroes began 10,000 years before the events on the hit series starring Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke.

Goldman and Martin joined forces writing the story while Goldman wrote the teleplay. In addition to penning the script, Goldman will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Also joining as executive producers are Martin, Daniel Zelman, James Farrell, Jim Danger Gray and "Game of Thrones" executive producer Vince Gerardis. Chris Symes will co-executive produce.

Rumor has it, the production of the project started this month in Belfast. "Staff at the Paint Hall studios in the city's Titanic Quarter have been briefed that their next major project will be a series set 1,000 years before the events of the fantasy drama," a source previously revealed.

As for "Game of Thrones", the series is slated to premiere its eighth and final season sometime in 2019.

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