Matt Smith dressed as Prince Daemon Targaryen on Tuesday when work got underway on the hotly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon, set 3000 years prior to the occasions of the hit HBO program.
The star, 38, transformed into his character by sporting a long ice-blonde wig while shooting scenes on a windy Holywell Bay Beach in Cornwall, confirming the south-west coast will be a key recording location.
Emma D’Arcy, 28, who will play Daemon’s partner and niece Rhaenyra Targaryen in the upcoming series, signed up with the previous Dr. Who star, and they bore a striking resemblance to future family member Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, in a long crimson gown which divided at the front and boasted a brighter scarlet material.
FIRST APPEARANCE: Matt Smith has actually been seen shooting for the hotly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel for the very first time as he joined co-star Emma D’Arcy on the beach in Cornwall
Matt added to Prince Daemon’s look with a long black coat and knee-high boots for the shoot and appeared to be deep in discussion with Emma as they stood on the empty beach
His hair was partially drawn back, with the bottom half of his intense blonde tresses taking a seat his neck and falling just on his shoulders.
Emma sported the exact same platinum blonde hair as her co-star – a key hereditary trait in the Targaryen family – with her own hairs being partially styled into a remarkable braid and fixed atop her head.
The actress looked remarkably similar to Emilia, who played Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, with the bold hairdo just adding to the similarity between the two stars.
At one point throughout Tuesday’s shoot, Emma was seen headed towards the water following her going over with Matt’s character of Prince Daemon.
In character: Both the actor, 38, and actress, 28, sported platinum blonde locks as they walked along Holywell Bay beach.
Looking the part: Matt transformed into the character of Prince Daemon Targaryen, donning a long black jacket and knee-high boots
Over recent days, speculation has been rife that the prequel is being shot in the southern county, after crews were spotted in various areas recently.
On Monday pictures emerged showing a film set had actually appeared on Holywell Bay beach, suggesting that it might be utilized in scenes including Matt and Emma.
And the middle ages castle on St Michael’s Mount on Mount’s Bay in Cornwall where production is also stated to be taking place bears a striking similarity to the castle inhabited by Queen Cersei in the original HBO series, filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The castle has an awesome view of the North Sea with much of the filming said to be happening in the lower reaches of the install within days.
Family members: House of the Dragon will reportedly narrate set 300 years before the occasions of Game of Thrones about the war of succession between Daenerys Targaryen’s (right, Emilia Clark) ancestors Rhaenyra (left, Emma D’Arcy) and Aegon II. The 2 stars bare a striking similarity in shots from the two productions, with both boasting flowing blonde hair and braids
Spectacular scenery: During the shoot, the 2 stars were seen talking on the golden sands and walking along the beach before Emma headed towards the water
It’s taking place! Lots of crew members were seen dealing with the set throughout Tuesday while Matt and Emma walked through the middle of what looked like pieces of wood
The production crew behind the series were said to have been provided full permission from the family who still reside in the greater location of the castle to movie there.
Scaffolding can be seen simply behind the castle while there is likewise a big archway and picturesque garden close by where recording will likely happen.
MailOnline has gotten in touch with an agent for WarnerMedia for comment.
Home of the Dragon will take place around 300 years before the Video game of Thrones series, which ended in 2019, and will include a star-studded cast including Olivia Cooke.
It will depict the war of succession between Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors Rhaenyra and Aegon II, 2 dragon-wielding successors to the Iron Throne, in a civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.
Confirmed! Speculation the prequel was shooting in Cornwall has been growing in current days, with the middle ages castle on St Michael’s Mount, where production is stated to be taking place, baring a similarity to Queen Cersei’s castle in the HBO series
Past: Much of Video Game of Thrones was shot in Dubrovnik’s city walls, with the city ending up being a hotspot for fans of the program
Place: The Cornish castle has a breathtaking view of the North Sea with much of the filming stated to be happening in the lower reaches of the mount within days
It had actually currently been confirmed that recording for House of the Dragon would begin in spring 2021, and would be recorded in the UK, at Leavesden Studios, which is owned by Warner Bros
. However with a number of sightings of film crews operating in Cornwall over recent weeks, some fans had actually started to think that a minimum of a few of the production is happing in the county – which has now been verified with snaps of Emma and Matt on the beach.
Film crews were first spotted at St Michael’s Mount recently and at Penhale Camp near Newquay, with medieval-style sets being developed at the previous, and lighting rigs and lorries at the latter.
One idea triggered much enjoyment from residents, after finding a sign of a seahorse on the top of an archway set developed on the National Trust-managed Mount.
Prequel: The production team behind the series were stated to have been provided complete authorization from the household who still reside in the greater location of the castle to film there.
Focusing from a range, it appeared to closely match one of the Video game of Thrones universe’s home sigils.
There is also a recommendation that shooting is taking palace at Restormel Castle near Lostwithiel – land owned by English Heritage.
Signs near the castle direct individuals to it which read ‘base’, according to a witness, that include ‘scoutproductions.co.uk’ on them.
The National Trust, which owns the land, was unable to verify what was being filmed. A spokesperson told Cornwall Live: ‘We can confirm there is a shoot but I hesitate we are unable to provide anymore details at present.’
MailOnline contacted agents for Warner Bros. and The National Trust for further comment at the time.
Along with the theory about recording being for Home of the Dragon, others considered the crews might be dealing with a new series of Vikings, the movie sequel Fisherman’s Pals 2 or even the Warner Bros-produced Sesame Street film.
Set to be harsh? The prequel will portray the war of succession in between Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors Rhaenyra and Aegon II (envisioned left, Emilia as Daenerys and right her brother Viserys played by Harry Lloyd).
Casterly Rock: In keeping with the visuals of the extremely successful original HBO series, the castle bears a similarity to Queen Cercei’s home in King’s Landing (envisioned, Lena Headey as Cersei).
Other clues that the series is being filmed in Cornwall consisted of a job publishing for bearded, long-haired males, around a month ago – with the very same description from the same company, Scout Productions, as previous casting for GoT shooting in Ireland – as well as confirmation from the studio that it had actually commenced shooting in early 2021.
Emma and Matt sign up with Eve Finest as Rhaenys Velaryon, Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria and Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, an actor has yet to be cast as Aegon II.
Casting began last year, and the prequel is because of be released in spring 2022.