Never have we ever been so happy to hear the rumors circulating are true! Academy Award-winning actress Naomi Watts has officially been cast in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Watts will play the leading role in the series created by Jane Goldman and the A Song of Ice and Fire author himself, George R.R. Martin. The untitled drama was ordered a pilot back in June.
The #GameOfThrones prequel, picked up to pilot in June, is set thousands of years before the events of the @HBO flagship and chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour https://t.co/kJekOKIf6m— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 30, 2018
Although Watts' character's name is not known at this time, she will play "a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret," per THR.
The prequel series is set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, in the Age of Heroes. Fans have been speculating upon Watts' rumored casting that perhaps she could play an ancestor to the House Lannister, as her physical features match the family in the TV series.
Watts' undeniable talent, with a career including critically acclaimed roles in films such as Mulholland Drive, Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and The Impossible, gives us faith (not like we needed it anyway) the prequel series will deliver.
This casting news almost makes the wait for Game of Thrones Season 8 bearable. Almost.