Game Of Thrones Prequel House Of The Dragon Pauses Production After Member Tests Positive For Covid

Production of House Of The Dragon has been paused after a person involved in the making of the Game Of Thrones prequel tested positive for Covid-19.

It’s clear the UK shoot has been shut down for two days and hopes to get back to work on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The delay is the latest to hit the film industry after work on Bridgerton series two also had to be halted again Monday amid positive coronavirus test results.

Delays: Production on House Of The Dragon has been paused after an individual involved in the making of the Game Of Thrones prequel tested positive for Covid-19 (Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith pictured while filming the series earlier this year)

A spokesperson for House Of The Dragon told the publication: “As part of the rigorous testing that has been carried out on all production staff, a Zone A production member at House Of The Dragon tested positive for COVID-19.

“In accordance with industry guidelines, the production member is in isolation and close contacts are needed to go into quarantine.”

MailOnline has reached out to a WarnerMedia representative for comment.

While it is unknown where the cast and crew are currently working, the previously confirmed filming locations for the production are Leavesden Studios.

Outside of work: It's clear that UK shooting has been halted for two days and the team hopes to resume production on Wednesday (pictured, Cornwall shooting in April)

Outside of work: It’s clear that UK shooting has been halted for two days and the team hopes to resume production on Wednesday (pictured, Cornwall shooting in April)

The House Of The Dragon team was also seen on the beach in Cornwall in April, with film crews on Holywell Bay beach and St Michael’s Mount.

Set approximately 300 years before the Game of Thrones series, which ended in 2019, House of the Dragon will feature a star-studded cast including Olivia Cooke.

Also announced as part of the cast are Get Even star Emily Carey, 18, who will play the younger Alicent Hightower, and Reckoning star Milly Alcock, 20, who will play the younger Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Cast: The prequel features a star-studded cast, including Olivia Cooke as Queen of Westeros Alicent Hightower with on-screen father Otto Hightower, who is played by Rhys Ifans

Cast: The prequel features a star-studded cast, including Olivia Cooke as Queen of Westeros Alicent Hightower with on-screen father Otto Hightower, who is played by Rhys Ifans

'The Sea Snake': The House of Targaryen origin story also stars Steve Toussaint (pictured), Paddy Considine, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno and Fabien Frankel

‘The Sea Snake’: The House of Targaryen origin story also stars Steve Toussaint (pictured), Paddy Considine, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno and Fabien Frankel

Non-binary actor Emma D’Arcy plays the 28-year-old version of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, whose uncle Prince Daemon Targaryen is played by Matt Smith.

And Sound of Metal star Olivia Cooke plays the 27-year-old version of Queen of Westeros Alicent Hightower, whose father Otto Hightower is played by Rhys Ifans.

The show will depict the war of succession between Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors, Rhaenyra and Aegon II, two dragon-wielding heirs to the Iron Throne, in a civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.

The Dance of the Dragons saw Rhaenyra and her half-brother Aegon II fight for the throne of their father Viserys I in a war that lasted three years, leading to untold death and misfortune in the Targaryen Line.

She was proclaimed heir to her father Viserys I, but on his death Aegon II was hastily crowned and swore revenge against him, and she was briefly crowned queen with their father’s stolen crown, sparking a power struggle between the two .

Rhaenyra married her uncle Daemon after the death of her first husband Ser Laenor Velaryon, prior to the Dance of the Dragons, and he helped support her campaign against her half-brother.

Casting began last year and the prequel will be released in the spring of 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

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

The news comes shortly after it was reported that Bridgerton had to postpone filming series two again, following another positive on-set COVID-19 case – turning Netflix “an expensive headache.”

Due to an earlier case, shooting had only just resumed – but a day after cast and crew returned to the drama of the period, things are back on the ice.

People like Phoebe Dynevor and Jonathan Bailey have had to go out of work while several members of the production isolate.

“The demand for the second series is huge, so stopping filming again is a real headache,” a source said The sun. “This can lead to significant delays and it will be very costly for them.”

That's a cut: It comes after Netflix was reported to have 'an expensive headache' over delays on Bridgerton series 2… after another covid case was discovered and filming was delayed

That’s a cut: It comes after Netflix was reported to have ‘an expensive headache’ over delays on Bridgerton series 2… after another covid case was discovered and filming was delayed

They added: “Filming will resume as soon as it is deemed safe, but for now it has been paused indefinitely.”

The series was filming at Wrotham Hall in Hertfordshire when news came of the new covid case.

The show is known for its glamorous ballroom and crowd scenes, as well as very intimate moments between the amorous characters.

With social distancing until so-called Freedom Day this week, testing among the cast and crew was necessary for close-contact sequences.

Backstage drama: Due to a previous case, filming had only just resumed - but a day after cast and crew returned to the period drama, things are back on the ice

Backstage drama: Due to a previous case, filming had only just resumed – but a day after cast and crew returned to the period drama, things are back on the ice

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