House of Dragon: Foreboding Cornish castle bears striking resemblance to Cersei’s King’s Landing stronghold amid claims Game of Thrones prequel will begin filming there in DAYS

Speculation has been rife that the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel is being filmed in Cornwall, after crews were spotted in different locations last week.

And the medieval castle on St Michael’s Mount on Mount’s Bay in Cornwall where production is said to be taking place bears a resemblance to the castle inhabited by Queen Cersei in the original HBO series, filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The castle has a breathtaking view of the North Sea with much of the filming said to be taking place in the lower reaches of the mount within days. 

Filming: The medieval castle on St Michael’s Mount on Mount’s Bay in Cornwall where production of House of Dragon is said to be taking place bears a resemblance to the castle inhabited by Queen Cersei in the original HBO series

The production crew behind the series were said to have been given full permission from the family who still reside in the higher area of the castle to film there.

Scaffolding can be seen just behind the castle while there is also a large archway and scenic garden nearby where filming will likely take place. 

MailOnline has contacted a representative for WarnerMedia for comment. 

House of the Dragon will take place around 300 years before the Game of Thrones series, which ended in 2019, and will feature a star-studded cast including Matt Smith and Olivia Cooke. 

Past: Much of Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik’s city walls, with the city becoming a hotspot for fans of the show

Location: The castle has a breathtaking view of the North Sea with much of the filming said to be taking place in the lower reaches of the mount within days

It had already been confirmed that filming for House of the Dragon would begin in spring 2021, and would be filmed in the UK, at Leavesden Studios, which is owned by Warner Bros.

However with several sightings of film crews working in Cornwall, some fans have started to think that at least some of the production is happing in the county.

Film crews were first spotted at St Michael’s Mount last week and at Penhale Camp near Newquay, with medieval-style sets being built at the former, and lighting rigs and lorries at the latter.

Prequel: The production crew behind the series were said to have been given full permission from the family who still reside in the higher area of the castle to film there.

One clue sparked much excitement from residents, after spotting a symbol of a seahorse on the top of an archway set built on the National Trust-managed Mount.

Zooming in from a distance, it appeared to closely match one of the Game of Thrones universe’s house sigils.

There is also a suggestion that filming is taking palace at Restormel Castle near Lostwithiel – land owned by English Heritage.

Signs near the castle direct people to it which read ‘base’, according to a witness, which include ‘scoutproductions.co.uk’ on them.

Setting: House of the Dragon will take place around 300 years before the Game of Thrones series, which ended in 2019,

The National Trust, which owns the land, was unable to confirm what was being filmed. A spokesperson told Cornwall Live: ‘We can confirm there is a shoot but I’m afraid we are not able to give any more details at present.’

MailOnline contacted representatives for Warner Bros. and The National Trust for further comment at the time.

As well as the theory about filming being for House of the Dragon, others also considered the crews could be working on a new series of Vikings, the movie sequel Fisherman’s Friends 2 or even the Warner Bros-produced Sesame Street film.

Confirmation: It had already been confirmed that filming for House of the Dragon would begin in spring 2021, and would be filmed in the UK, at Leavesden Studios

House of the Dragon will reportedly tell a story set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

It will depict the war of succession between Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors Rhaenyra and Aegon II, two dragon-wielding heirs to the Iron Throne.

Other clues that the series is being filmed in Cornwall included a job posting for bearded, long-haired men, around a month ago – with the same description from the same company, Scout Productions, as previous casting for GoT filming in Ireland – as well as confirmation from the studio that it had commenced filming in early 2021.

Casterly Rock: In keeping with the visuals of the original HBO series, the castle bears a resemblance to Queen Cercei’s residence in King’s Landing


Stars: Details about the prequel remain a closely guarded secret though several characters have been cast including Paddy Considine (L) as King Viserys Targaryen and Matt (R) as Prince Daemon Targaryen

Emma D’Arcy will star as Rhaenyra Targaryen opposite a yet to be cast Aegon II. Doctor Who star Matt Smith was previously announced as Daemon Targaryen.

He will join Eve Best 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.

Casting began last year, and the prequel is due to be released in spring 2022.

Fire is coming: The series will depict the war of succession between Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors Rhaenyra and Aegon II, two dragon-wielding heirs to the Iron Throne

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