Kit Harington in Pompeii

Kit Harington in Pompeii

Kit Harington has made quite a name for himself in the last couple of year, after landing the role of Jon Snow in TV smash Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones hit television screens for the first time back in 2011, and now the fourth series has joust got underway, with Harington reprising his role as Snow, a member of the Night’s Watch.

With the success of Game of Thrones under his belt, Harington has made the leap into feature film - he made his big screen debut in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D back in 2012.

He is back on the big screen this week as he leads an all-star cast with Pompeii: a movie that sees him team up with Paul W.S. Anderson for the first time.

Pompeii sees Anderson return to the director’s chair for the first time since Resident Evil: Retribution, and has brought together a cast that also includes Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

Set against the backdrop of the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Pompeii 3D is the epic story of Milo (Harington), a young slave-turned-gladiator who must fight to save Cassia (Browning), the woman he loves, from the clutches of a corrupt Roman senator (Sutherland) before the city is destroyed.

Pompeii kicks off a busy year for the actor as he has a couple of other high profile movies on the horizon this year. One will come as early as July, as he is one of the new additions to the How To Train Your Dragon 2 cast list.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes four years after the release of the 2010 box office hit, and will see Dean DeBlois return to the director’s chair.

Harington will voice the character of Eret, Son of Eret and is one of the new names on board alongside Cate Blanchett and Djimon Hounsou. Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig and Jonah Hill are all returning.

The excitement around How To Train Your Dragon 2 is already building and is it set to be one of the biggest and most successful animation movies of the year. 

Harington has also completed work on Seventh Son, which is a big screen adaptation of The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney.

Harington is part of another all-star line-up as Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Olivia Williams, Julianne Moore, and Alicia Vikander are all also on board. Seventh Son is a movie that has been pushed back a couple of times already, and we won’t see it hit the big screen until February 2015.

Harington is also working on a couple of different movies including Spooks: The Greater Good and Testament of Youth.

Spooks: The Greater Good is an upcoming British spy movie, which continues on from the hit BBC TV series Spooks. Peter Firth is set to reprise his role as head of counterterrorism at MI5 Harry Pearce, while Jennifer Ehle and Elyes Gabel will also star.

Filming got underway in March of this year, but no official release date has yet been announced for the movie.

Testament of Youth is based on the autobiography of Vera Brittain, which follows her coming of age during the First World War.

James Kent is in the director’s chair for the film, while Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson, Dominic West and Alicia Vikander will all join Harington on the cast list: Vikander will take on the role of Brittain.

Harington has mixed and matched his roles over the last twelve months or so, and that trend looks set to continue over the next year. The British actor has a series of exciting projects on the horizon, and his star is only going one way… and that is up.

Pompeii is released 30th April.

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