Outlander and The Hobbit star Graham McTavish confirms he was cast in House of the Dragon after he was spotted on set of the Game of Thrones prequel.
Outlander star Graham McTavish confirms he was secretly cast in House of the Dragon. Fans got their first look at the highly anticipated prequel to Game of Thrones earlier this month, as Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy could be seen in costume as Prince Daemon and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively. The official first look photos also showed Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon along with Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans as Alicent and Ser Otto Hightower. Set about two centuries before the events of Game of Thrones, the upcoming prequel on HBO is based on a book by George R.R. Martin titled Fire & Blood, which chronicles the rise and fall of the Targaryen house.
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Rumors began swirling that the beloved Outlander star had been cast in House of the Dragon when the Scottish actor posted a photo to Instagram from Cornwall, where production of the Game of Thrones prequel series is taking place. Fans then became convinced of his casting when McTavish was reportedly spotted on set in full costume. Though HBO has not said a word about the casting and appears to be keeping it a secret, McTavish himself is now opening up.
In an interview with UK fashion magazine Stylist for his new documentary Men in Kilts, Graham McTavish confirmed rumors that he has been cast in the Game of the Thrones spinoff. He joins a growing ensemble that also includes Eve Best, Paddy Considine, Fabien Frankel, and Sonoya Mizuno. Here’s what McTavish had to say about his involvement in House of the Dragon:
I’m enjoying that, yes. I’m really having a lot of fun. We’ve just started. It’s a very big project, so we’re getting to know each other. They’re lovely people. It’s great, but I can’t tell you too much. I can’t tell you really anything about the story! But it involves a lot dragons.
Since HBO is not commenting on the casting and McTavish isn’t allowed to reveal much, fans are left to their own devices when trying to figure out who he will be playing. Based on the available information right now, many assume McTavish will be playing Harrold Westerling, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard under the Targaryen’s rule. Although some have also speculated he could play Lyonel Strong, Cregan Stark, or Borros Baratheon.
McTavish is certainly no stranger to the medieval milieu, as he starred as one of the thirteen dwarves (Dawlin) in Peter Jackson The Hobbit trilogy. The Scottish actor is perhaps best known as the war chieftain Dougal Mackenzie in the Starz historical drama Outlander. With these two roles under his belt, McTavish will now star in yet another popular book series being adapted to the screen. He will make a fine addition to the cast of House of the Dragon as Lord Commander Westerling—or any other role, for that matter.
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