Even though we're still reeling from Sunday's Game of Thrones finale, we do at least have a bit of good news for one of the show's stars. Emilia Clarke, who plays the powerful and just Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, has just been cast as the lead in an upcoming indie thriller Voice From the Stone . The film is based on the Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra" by Silvio Raffo and takes place in Tuscany in 1950. Clarke will play the character Verena, a nurse who takes a troubled child Jakob under her wings after the sudden death of his mother. As their relationship develops, a malevolent force within the walls of the family's castle takes hold of both Verena and Jakob.
Other than the fact both Game of Thrones and Voice from the Stone feature castles and families being torn apart by untimely deaths, the projects are immensely different. The big-budget fantasy world of Thrones is a far cry from this somber and haunting indie. Truth be told, that could be the best thing for Clarke's career. The more she can distance herself from Dany in her projects that are outside of Thrones, the more likely it is that she won't get pigeon-holed when the series inevitably ends (spoiler alert: Game of Thrones will not be forever, guys).
What's more exciting about the film is that Clarke is showcasing her talent in another strong female lead. The fact that her fans and the industry recognize her as a woman who can be equal parts tough and sensitive on-screen means she's got a long career of smart roles ahead of her. She won't always be Daenerys Targaryen, but she will always be a force to be reckoned with. And that's just good for everyone.