*UK actor DeObia Oparei, best known stateside as King Doran’s captain of the guard Areo Hotah on HBO’s “Game Of Thrones,” has booked a role in 20th Century Fox’s “Independence Day 2,” reports Deadline.com.
The sequel to the 1996 original that made $811 million worldwide plans to begin production this month for a June 24, 2016 release.
The plot is under wraps, but Oparei will play Dikembe, the Oxford-educated son of an African warlord. He joins a cast for the Roland Emmerich-directed pic that includes the returning Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox as well as Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sela Ward.
Oparei first appeared in Episode 2 of “Game Of Thrones’” current fifth season, and he recurs throughout the second half of the season. Areo Hotah is famous for the battle ax he carries with him.
Before “Thrones,” Oparei was best known for roles in “Dredd” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”