Matt Smith is set to star in the upcoming HBO series House of the Dragon, where he takes on the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen. Despite starring in the series, Smith has not yet completed the book on which the series will be based.
“Not in its entirety,” Smith said in an interview with Rolling Stone when asked if he reads Fire & Blood, the book the series is loosely based on. Smith went on to joke about the book’s length, calling it “a big f—— book.” When it comes to his character, however, Smith has feelings about his character, especially regarding his relationship with his brother, King Viserys I Targaryen.
“He’s kind of an outsider,” Smith said of his character. “He’s not black and white, there are shades of gray with him, which is what interests me about him. And his relationship with his brother is really interesting. It was a pleasure to work with Paddy Considine, who I’ve admired so long, and Rhys Ifans.”
Smith also discussed the film’s cast and praised the star-studded group of actors who participated in the show.
“It’s a great cast,” Smith said. “The characters are really, really interesting, and it’s based on George RR Martin’s book. That’s one thing we have going for us: We’re not just plucking imagination out of thin air. It’s coming from George’s mind, which is really smart and has created a world that feels like it can be translated.”
Based on George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon tells the story of the rise and fall of the Targaryens, the only family of dragonlords to survive the fall of Valyria. It will take place 300 years before the events of the award-winning series adaptation of Game of Thrones which aired its last episode almost two years ago.
House of the Dragon comes from George RR Martin, Ryan Condal and Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, with Condal and Sapochnik also attached to serve as showrunners. Executive producers are Martin, Sapochnik, Condal, Vince Gerardis and Sara Lee Hess.