‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Casts Fabien Frankel in Key Role

Here’s another actor joining HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series.

Fabien Frankel has been cast in a key role in the upcoming House of the Dragon.

The news was first revealed by saga author George R.R. Martin on his blog.

The British actor recently appeared with Thrones star Emilia Clarke in the romantic comedy Last Christmas.

He will play Ser Criston Cole, a member of King Viserys I Targaryen’s Kingsguard, a knight whose bold actions helped pave the way to civil war.

“He is the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven,” Martin wrote. “He has no claim to lands or titles, all he has is his honor and his skill with sword and lance. He is a challenger, a champion, cheered by the commons, beloved of the ladies. He is a lover (or is he?), a seducer (or is he?), a betrayer (or is he?), a breaker of hearts and a maker of kings … Welcome to Westeros, Fabien. And do keep that sword sharp.”

House of the Dragon tells the story of the Targaryen family in Westeros and is set 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones. The drama is from is from co-showrunners Ryan Condal (Colony) and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) and is expected to start production this month in the U.K. for its planned 2022 debut.

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The series previously announced stars Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine and Matt Smith.

House of the Dragon is one of six GoT-related prequel projects in the works at HBO, plus there’s a stage show in development for Broadway/West End that will feature new actors playing iconic characters from the original series.