House of the Dragon 2, the actors’ strike shouldn’t stop filming

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Apparently the filming of House of the Dragon 2, the second season of the HBO television series, will not stop despite the start of the strike that was announced by the American actors union. The cast of the series is in fact composed mainly of English actors, who are working following the directives of the local union, Equity, therefore they can continue with their work legally.

While Equity has argued that it will support SAG-AFTRA and its members in any way, a plaintiff who decides to strike “will have no protection and risk being fired or sued for breach of contract by the producer or his employer. For this reason, if Equity encourages to join the strike or to fail a picket line, Equity itself would be acting illegally and could therefore have to pay damages or be sued”.

The rules of the aforementioned British union will therefore not allow to act actively in solidarity with US colleagues, as has been reported, given that it is based on very specific laws.

The actors’ strike (which comes after the writers’ strike)

After the screenwriters, Hollywood actors are also joining the strike.
They are asking for higher salaries and pensions, protection mechanisms against the unauthorized use of their image through artificial intelligence systems and protection against the exploitation of their works on streaming platforms.

The strike was called by the board of directors of the union that represents them, the SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and follows the failure of negotiations with that of the producers, the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers), which includes Disney, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros. Discovery, Netflix, Amazon, Apple and NBCUniversal, among others. The actors’ strike began at midnight on July 13th.

The strike was announced by SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher (the “nanny” Francesca from the sitcom)

The strike announcement was made with a press conference by SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher – best known for her role as nanny Francesca on the sitcom The nanny (who told the producers, “We demand respect, you can’t exist without us”) – and country executive director (also in charge of producer negotiations) Duncan Crabtree-Ireland.
The union represents over 160,000 artists. The last actors’ strike dates back to 1980 and the last time that actors and screenwriters went on strike at the same time was in 1960. On June 30th, SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP had decided to extend until July 12th the last contract they had signed in 2020, hoping to find new agreements. But now the deadline has definitely expired and no new contracts have come out. The risk is that the entire film industry will be paralyzed, counting on the fact that the American screenwriters’ strike has continued since May 2nd.

House of the Dragon, the epic adventure in the world of Westeros

House of the Dragon is one of the most beloved television series of recent times, set in the fictional world of Westeros created by George RR Martin.
The series, produced by HBO, is a prequel to game of Thronesanother famous series that has captured the attention of millions of viewers around the world.

House of the Dragon explore the events of about 300 years before those told in it Game of thrones. The result is a nice mix of political intrigue, drama and action.
House of the Dragon is based on the book by George RR Martin Fire & Blood, which tells the story of House Targaryen, one of the most important and influential families in Westeros. The series focuses on the so-called Dance of the Dragons, a conflict that has rocked the kingdom of Westeros.

The characters of House of Dragons

The prequel series of game of Thrones revolves around Rhaenyra Targaryen, the Crown Princess to the Iron Throne, and her brother Aegon. These two characters are the ones predestined to become protagonists of the civil war.
Reprising their Westeros roles are Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, Rhys Ifans, Harry Collett, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell , Phia Saban, Jefferson Hall and Matthew Needham.
Rhaenyra Targaryen is played by Emma D’Arcy, while Matt Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen.
Olivia Cooke plays Alicent Hightower, the young and ambitious wife of King Viserys I Targaryen. Steve Toussaint plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, known as the “Storm Sea”, a skilled navigator and key ally in the power struggle.

The production of the prequel series

The creator and showrunner of this series is Ryan Condal who is known for the series colonywhile Miguel Sapochnik, one of the most acclaimed directors of game of Thronesis the one who directed the pilot episode of the first season..
After the great success of game of Thronesit is up to House of the Dragon pick up the baton and continue entertaining lovers of the fantasy genre.

Filming of House of Dragon 2 they started last April

The clapperboards of the second season of House of Dragons kicked off at Leavesden Studios in the UK last April, with most of the original cast reprising their roles.
House of the Dragon is back. We are thrilled to return to filming with members of our original family as well as new talent from both sides of the camera,” series co-writer, showrunner and executive producer Ryan Condal said in a statement released this spring. “All of your favorite characters will soon be back conspiring at the council tables, marching their armies and riding their dragons into battle. We can’t wait to unveil what we have in store.”