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Ugandan-Born Actors Ivanno Jeremiah and Sheila Atim to Star in 'Game of Thrones' Spinoff

Westeros is about to look much more diverse.

As folks anxiously await the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones, HBO has announced the full cast of one of the series' forthcoming spinoffs featuring several promising young actors.

The main cast will include two Ugandan-British actors, Ivanno Jeremiah who previously starred in three episodes of the Netflix series Black Mirror as well as in Humans, and 27-year-old theater alum, Sheila Atim who played Emilia in Othello during its recent run at Shakespeare's Globe and won an Oliver for her performance in Girl from the North Country. British actress Naomi Ackie, who will soon appear in Star Wars Epsiode IX, has also landed a role in the series.


The inclusion of these actors is a welcomed change, as Game of Thrones has long been criticized for its lack of black characters.

Plot details remain scarce but the series will be a prequel to the original series, set thousands of years in the past. A brief summary via Shadow & Act, states "Only one thing is for sure: From 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."

The script will be written by Jane Goldman and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. SJ Clarkson is set to direct the pilot. The cast is led by led by Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts and Joshua Whitehouse, and will also star Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Alex Sharp, Georgie Henley and Toby Regbo.

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The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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