Paddy Considine Cast as Lead in “Game of Thrones” Prequel Series “House of the Dragon”

Paddy Considine at "The Outsider" premiere in January. Photo by MediaPunch/Shutterstock (10522196ad)

The Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon has found its first cast member with English actor Paddy Considine.

Considine will star in the series as King Viserys I, who was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. Described as a warm and kind man, Viserys wishes to carry on his grandfather’s legacy.

Fans of Game of Thrones may recall that Viserys I ruled over Westeros around 100 years after Aegon’s Conquest and that his children, Rhaenyra and Aegon II, fought a civil war over his throne that became known as the Dance of Dragons.

House of the Dragon was co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal and it’s based on Martin’s Fire & Blood. The 10-episode series is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and it tells the story of House Targaryen.

Considine is known for his HBO roles in The Outsider and he’s currently starring in The Third Day. His other TV roles include Peaky Blinders, Informer, and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. His film roles include Hot Fuzz, The Death of Stalin, Cinderella Man, and The Bourne Ultimatum.

House of the Dragon is expected to air sometime in 2022.