Naomi Watts to Lead ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Pilot for HBO

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We're still a long way from seeing Goldman's prequel come to fruition, but I remain cautiously excited for a less rapey, less offensive Game of Thrones. This prequel series is set to take place thousands of years before Game of Thrones, and will chronicle the era immediately following the Golden Age of Heroes, and will see its descent into darkness.

Variety reports that Watts, who earned Oscar nominations for her work in 21 Grams and The Impossible, will be playing "a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret".

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Besides the fan enthusiasm already attached to the series, it could eventually prove financially lucrative for the Sydney-raised star if it's as popular as its predecessor, with Game of Thrones' key cast commanding salaries and bonuses above $3.5 million per episode.

The still-untitled prequel will be the second recent big-name TV project for Watts, who turned in a brilliant performance in Showtime's criminally un-watched Twin Peaks: The Return. She's now signed on to play Gretchen Carlson in a Showtime limited series about Roger Ailes, and most recently appeared in the revival of Twin Peaks.

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Naomi is no stranger to the world of sci-fi and fantasy, having led the cast of the 2005 King Kong remake helmed by Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson. It will reportedly explore the Age of Heroes, and uncover "the horrifying secrets of Westeros' history", as well as "the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend". James Farrell and Jim Danger Gray (Hannibal) are also executive producers.

From the Game of Thrones collection. Chris Symes will co-executive produce. What questions do you want the series to answer?

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What do you think of Watts joining the Game of Thrones prequel?