John Simm has already filmed Game Of Thrones prequel, telling Chris Evans it is set 1,000 years before the original – The Sun

JOHN Simm reveal the pilot for the Game Of Thrones prequel has already been filmed and is set 1,000 years before the original HBO show.

Speaking on today's Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast Show, the actor, 49, remained coy on plot details and admitted he had to binge watch the entire eight series of Game Of Thrones before filming.

After John tentatively admitted he is starring, Chris said: "I can tell from your grimace, they have ensured you are on the secret bandwagon…. oh really one of those ones!"

When probed, John said: "Yeah… look there has been some stuff released – Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson is in it.

"I am in it, other people are in it. We have already shot the pilot already. That is all I can say."

There was lots of preparation needed before John shot his scenes, with the star continuing: "They didn't give me a quiz but I did have to download every single episode and watch it all in about a month."

He described his costume as "really cool" before adding the prequel is set 1,000 years before the events of the original.

Chris then joked: "We have just heard you are fired! Too much information. The whole building is flashing now. Simms is fired, Simms is fired! (laughing). He is within a hundred years, it is too much of the plot to give away.

John quipped: "So I'm just in the pilot! You will see my decapitated head in episode 2!"

The star's setting claim is at odds with previous reports that dated the new series at between 5,000 and 10,000 years before the original.

HBO previously said the series, which has long been rumoured to be called The Long Knight, will chronicle "the world's descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour".



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The Age of Heroes was when winter reigned supreme and the period in time which saw the First Men and the Children of the Forest come together to agree on a peace pact.

The Children created the terrifying White Walkers from GoT to defend against the Men who were destroying their habitat and their people.

Network HBO has also said: "The horrifying secrets of Westeros' history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it's not the story we think we know."

A source previously The Sun: “Thrones fans will be delighted to hear things have started with the prequel. Those working on the set in Belfast are referring to the series as Bloodmoon.

"Producers have put together a stellar cast and it will be must-watch telly for anyone who loves Game Of Thrones.”

The big-budget spin-off is being run by writer and producer Jane Goldman, wife of Jonathan Ross.

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