Naomi Watts is Moving On From the Canceled ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel With ‘The Wolf Hour’

Naomi Watts is looking forward to her next big project now that HBO has pulled the plug on her Game of Thrones prequel. Watts, who was slated to star in the highly anticipated spin-off and even filmed a pilot episode in Northern Ireland earlier this year, is now turning her attention to her upcoming movie, The Wolf Hour. The actress recently opened up about the Hitchcockian thriller and revealed why she’s so excited to be part of an instant classic.

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Watts opens up about ‘The Wolf Hour’

The psychological thriller centers on the story of June Leigh (Watts), an agoraphobic writer living in New York City in the late 1970s. The character-driven project is a refreshingly human albeit twisted look at a woman pushed to the brink for the sake of her passions.

In her interview, Watts opened up about playing a character on the verge of a psychological break and revealed how she prepped for such a gritty role.

When asked how much research she did going into the film, Naomi Watts revealed that he studied a few real-life authors from the period who suffered from agoraphobia. Although the historical subjects were very different from her character, their stories offered an insight into their thinking.

“[But unlike those women], June is hiding in her apartment because of what’s going on in her mind, so it’s not such a broad spectrum. It’s so much about what’s going on in her head, and that feeling of being stuck, trapped, and filled with self-loathing,” Watts explained.

The actress added that June is a highly educated woman who knows her own value. But her entire understanding of the world is upended by her paranoia and psychological disorder – which is exactly what Watts found attractive about the project.

Naomi Watts dishes on why she fell in love with the character

One of the biggest reasons Watts accepted the part was because everything about it harkened back to the old days in Hollywood. Not only does the film focus on a singular character, but director Alistair Banks Griffin took his time throughout the production process.

Griffin and his team did not rush filming or editing and opted against making a lot of location changes. This allowed them to dive deeper into the character’s mind and, although production was strenuous, Watters loved the idea of exploring her character’s head.

“I thought it would be something harrowing to go through shooting, but it was a world I wanted to examine,” Naomi Watts shared.

Watts noted that Griffin did most of the development on his own before she got involved. But once she jumped into the role, she took on producing responsibilities, including hiring other cast members and assembling the right crew.

The actress admitted that she really enjoyed the producing aspects of the project, which is another reason why she accepted the role. She also plans to use her newfound producing skills in future projects.

While it is great to see Naomi Watts excited about her upcoming film, she recently suffered a big setback in the world of television.

Inside Watts’ ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

Following the end of HBO’s hit fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, the network announced plans to launch several spin-offs associated with George R.R. Martin’s world. This included several prequels, one of which cast Naomi Watts for its lead role.

The prequel, tentatively titled The Long Night, was set thousands of years prior to the events in Game of Thrones. It was going to explore the first conflict with the White Walkers and introduce a few legendary characters in the Stark household.

Apart from Naomi Watts, the show was being led by Jane Goldman, who is best known for her work on Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kick-Ass. S.J. Clarkson, who worked on Jessica Jones, was set to direct while Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) and Denise Gough (Collette) had also landed parts.

While fans were excited about exploring more of the Game of Thrones universe, HBO recently confirmed that they pulled the plug on the project. The announcement came after Watts had filmed a pilot episode for the project earlier this year.

Although Watts’ future in Westeros is now over, HBO is moving forward with another Game of Thrones prequel, titled House of the Dragon. The network has not revealed an official release date, but the show is expected to premiere sometime in 2021.

In the meantime, fans can watch Naomi Watts in action when The Wolf Hour opens in theaters on Dec. 6.