How to Get Cast on the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘The Hedge Knight’

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While “Game of Thrones” wrapped its run in 2019, the world of Westeros continues to expand, with HBO producing multiple spinoffs for the franchise. Many fans are familiar with the popular series, “House of Dragon,” which returns this summer, but another prequel is also in the works. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Night” is currently in preproduction and likely to begin casting soon.  

Want to land a place in King’s Landing? We’re here to help. From audition advice from some of the franchise’s biggest stars to where to find casting calls, here’s everything you need to know about getting cast in “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Night.”

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What is “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight” about?

Based on the first of George R. R. Martin’s “Dunk & Egg” novellas, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight” introduces viewers to future Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Duncan the Tall (aka Dunk) and future King Aegon V Targaryen (Egg). Dunk, along with Egg, his young squire, becomes a courageous knight, albeit a naïve one, who takes on the challenges of living in Westeros roughly 100 years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and 72 years after the events of the franchise’s first spinoff, “House of the Dragon.”

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Who is in the cast of “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight”?

Because the “GoT” prequel is currently in preproduction, details of its cast remain under wraps. But the stars of the series that started it all have much wisdom to impart to the franchise’s next generation:

Who is the casting director for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight”?

Although Nina Gold cast the original “Game of Thrones,” both Lucy Bevan Casting and Kate Rhodes James have been tied to the upcoming prequel. Fans may recognize James’s name as she’s also the primary CD on the “GoT” spinoff “House of the Dragon.”

James’s role as CD has evolved over the years. “When I started, I just said yes to everything because I’m a big believer in work begets work and it’s all about the people that you meet and the personalities who you get on with and then that carries onto another project. It’s only been the last five or six years that I’ve been able to really focus on what I like to do,” she noted. “I know that I want to do it when it’s something that I would want to watch. I think a big mistake is casting something that I have no desire in watching because that’s sort of pointless. I still see casting directors as hugely creative. We look at scripts in a way that actors look at scripts, which is what can I do to make this come alive? What can I do to improve it, or what about me and my knowledge is going to lend to this piece and these people to make this into something that everybody wants to watch?”

“Now, I’m much more looking for a challenge. I want to go into an area that I’ve never been into before,”James continued. “Sometimes it’s easier to be in your comfort zone. You know what you’re going to do with it, you know how it works, but then, we’re not in it to make our lives normal. I’m in this because I want to be challenged. I don’t want to know what’s around the corner. That’s what I enjoy. I say no to projects now that I don’t think I can add anything to that hasn’t already been done.”

How does the casting process work for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight”?

We don’t have any insight into the casting process for “The Hedge Knight” quite yet, but we do know that actors who come in front of James will be ushered into a positive, welcoming environment.

James understands the nerves that come with auditions, as she began her career in showbiz as an actor. “If you train to be an actor and you’ve been out there and you’ve sat outside and you’ve waited to go in, it will never leave you,” she told us. “I will never forget what it’s like. I like to think it helps me enormously in my drive and understanding of actors and know that they want to be challenged and they don’t want to be doing the same thing all the time, and also to make the audition room as positive an experience as I can feasibly make it.”

James added, “The big thing that I learned when I stopped acting and was working in casting was that I suddenly realized that the audition room isn’t a test. I thought I had to prove everything, that I could do this, I could do that, I could show off all my range. But what I say to actors now is, ‘You don’t come in unless I know exactly who you are and whether you’re up to it and I have talked about you to the director and why I think you should be met for the role.’ And if you say, ‘Yeah, okay, absolutely,’ you’re 50 percent there. So, I keep saying to actors, ‘You’re walking into a very positive room.’ Everyone’s looking at you to go, ‘Yeah, okay, great, tell us all about you and then we’ll see what you’re about.’ And then it’s about are you going to fit in with the image of the show, are you going to work with the other actors? It’s practical things after that. I can tell sometimes when a director possibly isn’t getting a note across to an actor and then I know what to do with the reading to get it out of them.”

When does filming for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight” start?

Rumors suggest filming will begin sooner rather than later, with the series moving from preproduction to production during spring/summer 2024. According to Deadline, Martin assured fans that writing for Season 1 was “well underway” when HBO confirmed the series in April 2023, but progress halted during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Stay tuned for additional updates on the show’s next move.

Where can you find “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight” casting calls?

Currently, there are no open casting calls or auditions available for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight.” But in October 2023, Lucy Bevan Casting posted an ad on X that many believe marked the search for Aegon V Targaryen (Egg) and Duncan the Tall (Dunk), as the unnamed project called for:

  • A boy: Aged 9–10. Physically small, the character is wise beyond his years, confident and witty. He has a neutral English accent, and is white with blue/green eyes and pale skin. Talent must be under 4 ft 6 and at least 9 years old by March 2024 for licensing.
  • A soldier: Aged 18–25. The soldier is very tall and physically strong. He has a humble disposition and is perceptive and thoughtful. Any ethnicity. Must be at least 6 ft 4.

The mention of March 2024 further supports rumors that production will begin in spring/summer 2024.

As we await news of additional opportunities, we recommend exploring this roundup of fantasy gigs that are casting right now and this list of major streamers looking for talent. We also recommend taking a peek at our guide on how to audition for Max for some additional insight into the casting process.

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What are the best audition tips for landing a role in the “Game of Thrones” universe?

Although we know next to nothing about the prequel’s cast, the original “Game of Thrones” cast has plenty of advice for the next installment in this franchise:

Believe that you belong: John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) had to break down some personal barriers in the early days of his career, but he wants those with the same mindset to understand that they deserve their success. “Being a shy young man with self-esteem issues, I had a lot of psychological boundaries to get over. But you have to trust other people’s faith in you, that their beliefs might not be misplaced,” he said. “When you think, They could have chosen anyone, but they chose you, that kind of affirmation makes you bulletproof. I was very nervous about being able to do the job [on ‘Game of Thrones’]. But our showrunners had enough faith in me that I could do it.”

Be yourself: Although Hannah Murray (Gilly) knows it might sound “corny,” she truly wants fellow actors to stay true to themselves in the audition room. “Of course there are things you could do to stand out. You could wear a weird hat! But I think you need to be who you really are and not try and be somebody else, because you are only going to be an imitation of someone else. Whereas if you’re authentically yourself, that is what makes you unique, feeling things the way you want to do them and [having] the courage to stick by those ideas and stand up for them,” she said. “Because people think they know what they want, but they may not know what they want until you give it to them.”

Dream big, work hard: Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand) knows acting isn’t something you can learn overnight—it requires “lifelong training,” she said, which means taking advantage of each chance that comes your way. “Don’t take any of it too seriously, but work really hard. I feel like young people think it’s a given that they’re going to achieve what they dream of achieving. In a funny way, that’s how they should think, but at the same time, it should be coupled with a sense of discipline. I remember I had a teacher I adored at drama school who said, ‘Talent without discipline is a bad habit.’ As a young person, I wasn’t a particularly hard worker. I’d wing it; I was inventing,” she explained. “[Also] don’t dwell on the disappointment, because there will be so many. Take all the work you can. Don’t judge the work. I’ve had moments where someone has said, ‘Come in and audition for this,’ and I go, ‘I don’t want to play that part.’ But you go in and you meet the director and you think [you] want to work with that director or you hear of what other actors are involved or the director’s concept for the piece is amazing. There’s joy to be had in the unexpected.”

Find peace in the downtime: As Charlotte Hope (Myranda) told us, actors must learn to enjoy the quiet moments so they don’t lose themselves in their career. “So often, I’ve made acting my only identity. And that has meant not being able to appreciate all of the other great things in life,” Hope told us. “It’s a hard lesson to learn but it’s important to have the confidence to know you will work again and just because you’re not working now doesn’t mean that like your life is worthless. I guess it’s what this pandemic has taught me. I had five years before this where I worked flat out and loved it. I’m a real workaholic. And suddenly, all got taken away from me. And I’ve had to find my identity as someone who’s not working. As actors, we will all go through periods of not working. I was really lucky with that run but there will be times in my life where I go six months or a year without working. And you have to be able to keep your head in that time.”

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