News of Whitehouse's casting comes courtesy of Deadline, who report that he'll serve as a lead on the series, although unlike with Watts there are no further details being offered about his character.
Piecing together with what we know of the series, which is being referred to as The Long Night, with Whitehouse's appearance, and he looks well-suited to be playing someone from the North, and quite possibly a Stark. Extrapolating that further, as he's the series' lead, he could even be the Stark, Brandon, who founded the great house and, according to legend, went on to build Winterfell and, more impressively, the Wall.
Given its Age of Heroes setting, there has to be some reference to Bran the Builder, even if it's to show us that the legends aren't true. He's the most iconic of those fabled folk, so having him serve as the lead, even just initially before The Long Night descends, would make a lot of sense.
Whitehouse is best known for his role as Hugh Armitage on BBC's Poldark, while he also has a part in the upcoming David Lynch-produced The Happy Worker. With two casting reveals in two days, we can presumably expect the full cast of the prequel to be rounded out quite soon.
Who do you think Whitehouse will play? Share your thoughts down in the comments.
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A mix of wise-old man in a young man's body with a child-like wonder about him and a great otherworldly sensibility.