Game of Thrones prequel's filming start is revealed by HBO

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From Digital Spy

Following in the footsteps of debatably the finest series of the last decade, HBO's Game of Thrones prequel now has a shooting date.

Starring Mulholland Drive actress Naomi Watts and Poldark's Josh Whitehouse, the spin-off (possibly titled The Long Night) will kick off production in "early summer", according to the network's programming president Casey Bloys, who spoke to Entertainment Weekly.

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Although vague, this is in keeping with the franchise's secretive nature. After all, we're no closer to knowing ANYTHING in particular about Thrones' eighth and final season – and that's now just over two months away from premiering.

Watts recently dished a little dirt on the spin-off, describing it as "very exciting".

"I don't want to dig myself into a big hole here," she laughed, "all I want to say is it's very exciting… I'll say that again and again and again - and nothing else."

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Photo credit: HBO

For those hoping that Thrones characters might find their way into the spin-off, however, we're sorry to say that Kit Harington certainly won't be involved.

The Jon Snow actor has categorically ruled himself out of the project.

Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere in April. The show airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK. Season 7 is now available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray or digital download.

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