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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white and created using a starburst filter) Olivia Cooke attends the European Premiere of "Life Itself" & Royal Bank of Canada Gala during the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)

HBO has officially announced the casting choices for several main characters for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, but Deadline reports that an additional actor is also in the running.

According to the outlet, actor Danny Sapani could end up in the role of Lord Corlys Valaryon, also known as “The Sea Snake.” If Sapani scores the gig, he would be the first Black actor to have a major role in the franchise.

Sapani has acted in some of the biggest movies of the past few years, including Black Panther and Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi.

As for the characters that HBO has confirmed, Paddy Considine will portray King Viserys Targaryen; Emma D’Arcy will play Targaryen’s daughter, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen; Olivia Cooke will portray Targaryen’s second wife, Alicent Hightower; and Matt Smith will play Prince Daemon Targaryen.

HBO also announced they’ve brought on Clare Kilner, Geeta V. Patel and Greg Yaitanes for the series’ directing team.

George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal co-created House of the Dragon, and Condal wrote the pilot script. Condal and Miguel Sapochnik will co-direct the series.

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