Five more actors cast in Long Night-era Game of Thrones prequel pilot!

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The Game of Thrones prequel may be as-yet-unnamed, but we do know it will feature a star-studded ensemble cast. Naomi Watts was cast first, followed by Josh Whitehouse, then much of the core cast announced together and, just a few weeks ago, none other than Miranda Richardson. Now, the trend continues as five actors are added to the cast!

Deadline reports Marquis Rodriguez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx will be series regulars in Jane Goldman’s Game of Thrones spin-off.

Marquis Rodriguez (top left), John Simm (bottom left), Richard McCabe (center), John Heffernan (top right), Dixie Egerickx (bottom right)
New cast members Marquis Rodriguez (top left), John Simm (bottom left), Richard McCabe (center), John Heffernan (top right), Dixie Egerickx (bottom right). Photo lineup by Deadline

Rodriguez’s perhaps best known for his recurring roles in NBC‘s Chicago Fire and Netflix‘s Iron Fist and Luke Cage. He will soon appear in Netflix‘s When They See Us.

In the geek community, John Simm’s best known for playing the villanous Master in BBC’s Doctor Who during the tenure of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and most recently the Twelfth (Peter Capaldi), though he has a long and storied TV career, including Strangers, Trauma, Collateral and The Catch, as well as appearing in films such as Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People.

McCabe is a veteran Scottish actor known for Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and Peaky Blinders on TV to The Little Stranger and Goodbye Christopher Robin on film.

Heffernan has appeared on TV shows such as Ripper Street, The Crown, and Outlander, and in films such as Misbehaviour, The Banishing, Official Secrets and Radioactive.

Young Dixie Egerickx, who’s only 13, has a surprisingly impressive filmography. She will soon co-star as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden with the likes of Colin Firth and Julie Walters, and in the past she’s worked on the upcoming Summerland and Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger. On TV, she’s appeared on Patrick Melrose and others.

Observant (and pattern-seeking) readers may notice similarities between some of these actors and the many, many, and even more casting calls we’ve reported on, but we can’t definitively match any of them with these five new cast members for the spin-off pilot. At any rate, let’s welcome Marquis Rodriguez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx to the world of Game of Thrones!

25 Comments

  1. Richard McCabe looks familiar to me. I think he was the crappy backup doctor in “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World”.

    I absolutely love that movie. One of the most underrated movies of all time, IMO.

  2. ‘Upcoming Summerland’? Dare I hope that someone is making a movie/TV series based on Michael Chabon’s delightful YA novel about Little Leaguers traveling through other worlds to prevent Ragnarok? I’m not even into sports, at all, and I loved that book to bits. It’s like a kid-friendly American Gods.

  3. Mr Derp:
    “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World”.

    I absolutely love that movie.One of the most underrated movies of all time, IMO.

    Agreed 100%. I wish they’d made sequels. Especially loved Bettany as Maturin.

  4. Firannion: Agreed 100%. I wish they’d made sequels. Especially loved Bettany as Maturin.

    Yes! Bettany is great in everything that he’s in. Every time I see him I think back to “A Knight’s Tale”.

    One of the things I love most about Master and Commander is the pacing and the score. It’s the kind of movie that I can just put on and listen to without having to pay attention to it. Especially when Lucky Jack and Maturin have their string duets. It’s just delightful.

    You can tell that they both know how to actually play their instruments too.

  5. It’s shaping up to be a really impressive cast. OT, another Secret Garden? It will be hard to top Agnieszka Holland’s stellar film.

  6. Luka Nieto:
    Pigeon,

    Same reaction, honestly. Though I already had that with the Miranda Richardson announcement.

    I really like her as well. This is really promising, in my very reluctant-to-get-excited brain. 😁

  7. Wolfish: It’s shaping up to be a really impressive cast.

    If only they hadn’t cast JCB. He alone is suppressing my interest a bit.

    Speaking of JCB, this Dixie girl looks like she could play his little sister… or daughter I suppose. The guy is 30 years old now.

  8. Pigeon,

    It’s difficult to get excited about a show we know so little about. The more we know about the cast, and the locations and such whenever they start filming the pilot, we’ll be able to get more and more excited.

  9. John Simm is usually reliably good in whatever role he plays. A nice bit of trivia, in Strangers ( which wasn’t a great show TBH) he was alongside Tim (Lord Glover) McInnery and Kae (Leaf, Child of the Forest) Alexander.

  10. Mr Derp,

    Hearing and agreeing about Master and Commander fantastic film wish they had made more films as the books are good as well. It has my often repeated joke the lesser of two weevils 🙂

  11. Mr Derp,

    Agree, Master & Commander is in my top 100 movie list and thereby media cabinet.
    I wanted them to make a prequel like the same year of the release, after all, so many unique characters were eliminated, like in a closing book. I wanted to see more of all the cast back in a new story.

  12. Clob,

    I had to click on the link to the core cast to figure out who JCB is. I’ve never seen him in anything, so if you have a minute please elucidate!

  13. I still only recognize Watts & Campbell Bower, but that’s all right…probably even preferable.
    More GoT actors were unfamiliar than not, and look where we are now…sounds as if they’re gathering some pretty solid credits and talent…

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