This year is going to be a difficult one for Game of Thrones fans, as the blockbuster fantasy series will come to an end when the eighth and final series airs later this May. While adjusting to a world where Tyrion Lannister and Brienne of Tarth don’t exist will be a struggle, it won’t be for long, as an untitled Game of Thrones prequel has been announced.
Rumoured to be called The Long Night, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin revealed that casting has been “falling into place” and many stars have been announced. One of the lucky few happens to be British actor Josh Whitehouse, who was announced last year alongside Jamie Campbell Bower and Naomi Watts.
If he looks familiar, there’s a good reason why. With a role on BBC’s Poldark and a Burberry campaign under his belt, here’s what you need to know about Whitehouse before he soars to fame in Westeros.
Who is Josh Whitehouse?
Josh Whitehouse is a 29-year-old British actor, model and musician, best known for his role as Hugh Armitage in Poldark and as the enigmatic Mr. Burberry. Recently, he was announced as the newest addition to the untitled Game of Thrones prequel alongside Australian actress Naomi Watts and unsurprisingly, interest in him has skyrocketed.
Beyond Poldark, Whitehouse has also been in a number of films, including the BAFTA-nominated Northern Soul, Alleycats, The Receptionist and Modern Life is Rubbish. He will also be starring alongside Mae Whitman, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennet and YouTuber Logan Paul in an upcoming musical film called Valley Girl, a remake of the cult classic movie.
In 2016, he became the face of Burberry’s fragrance for men: Mr Burberry. He starred in the campaign and fronted a short film directed by 12 Years a Slave‘s Steve McQueen.
Whitehouse actually started out with a focus on music, performing as a solo artist and in a band called More Like Trees alongside his brother Matt.
He discussed the difficulties of being both an actor and musician, saying to So Far Sounds, “For the last five years or so, I have been having to focus my attention quite solidly on acting because I had a rather rare opportunity come up for someone with no real training, which was landing my first film [Northern Soul] and then getting a multitude of agents.”
However, he later elaborated that the art forms helped feed each other. Whitehouse told Metro, “The acting has helped me with writing music, it helps you find a rhythm with words. And it works the other way. If I’m struggling with a scene — and for me it’s not a natural process, being someone else — I think of it as being like a song and that gives me a guide to it.”
What character did Josh Whitehouse play in Poldark?
Whitehouse appeared as the antithesis of brooding Ross Poldark, playing an aristocratic character called Hugh Armitage. Armitage was a former prisoner of war, who was then rescued by Poldark and brought back to Cornwall, where sparks flew between him and Poldark’s wife Demelza – played by Eleanor Tomlinson.
It turns out that Whitehouse actually owes the opportunity on the show to Tomlinson, as he revealed to Babe.net, “I believe their casting department heard about me through Eleanor Tomlinson who plays Demelza in Poldark, I had worked with her earlier in the year on a feature called Alleycats (by Ian Bonhote). After they heard about me they contacted my agent who asked me if I’d like to cast for it, which I wanted to – and that was that really!”
What is the Game of Thrones prequel and when is it out?
The Game of Thrones prequel is set eons before the current series, which sadly means we probably won’t see any of the characters we currently know and love. (You never know with the show, however.)
HBO’s synopsis reads, “Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.”
A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin is a co-creator on the project alongside screenwriter Jane Goldman, who has worked on Kick-Ass and Kingsman.
HBO confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that filming is set to start this summer and a release date has yet to be confirmed. George R. R. Martin revealed that the unofficial title of the series is The Long Night, but later walked back his comments and said the show is currently still untitled.
He said, “[The Long Night] is certainly the title I prefer, but for the moment the pilot is still officially UNTITLED. So…mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.”
Who will Josh Whitehouse play in the Game of Thrones prequel?
Deadline announced that Whitehouse had been cast in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel last October, however, HBO has remained incredibly tight-lipped about what his role entails. He is only the second actor to be announced. As with Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke when they first joined Game of Thrones, there’s no doubt he’ll explode into popularity once the show starts airing.
He said in an interview with So Far Sounds, “I recently landed a lead role in the new Game Of Thrones prequel, so I imagine I will be working on that for awhile. In the coming years, I hope to be good with a sword, maybe doing a film or two in between the show, writing and recording lots of music, and with a bit of luck, managing to get out it to the world for a month of touring. But we shall see how it all pans out.”
Who else is in the Game of Thrones prequel cast?
Josh Whitehouse was the second actor announced for the series. He joined Naomi Watts, who is set to play a leading role. According to Variety, Watts will play “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” – following in the footsteps of aristocrat Margaery Tyrell.
Other actors who have been announced include Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Sheila Atim, Ianno Jeremiah and Alex Sharp. Several actors will be returning to the world of fantasy. Georgie Henley, who played Lucy in The Chronicles of Narnia, and Jamie Campbell Bower and Tony Regbo, who both appeared in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will also star.
Game of Thrones series 8 will premiere in the UK on April 14, airing on Sky Atlantic.