Kit Harington has a big couple of months ahead of him. In addition to his new movie “Pompeii” being released on Feb. 21, starting filming on the spy thriller “Spooks” later in February and “Game of Thrones” Season 4 premiering on April 6, he has also joined the cast of “Testament of Youth” opposite Alicia Vikander.
In the film, Harington will play the fiancé of main character Vera Britain (Vikander) as she experiences World War I. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the adaptation of an autobiography about Britain will be produced by “Harry Potter’s” David Heyman and directed by “The White Queen’s” James Kent.
“Testament of Youth” is a marked change of pace for Harington, who got his start in “Game of Thrones” in 2011 and has stuck to genre projects since. Zap2it spoke to Harington days before his casting in this film was announced, and he expressed a desire to try out new projects now that he’s done films like “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D,” “Pompeii” and “Seventh Son.”
“The next couple of projects I do are going to be set this century,” he shares to Zap2it. “I’m going to move up into doing modern stuff. I want to play some really interesting supporting roles in some character-driven projects that don’t entail much action at all. I want to change up everything, really.”
He continues, “I feel like the past few years I’ve done similar projects. I’ve done a few fantasy roles and I’ve enjoyed them and genre projects. ‘Thrones’ has been a big piece. But now it’s about returning to something a bit more classical, seeing how that pans out.”
If viewers feel like they have seen Harington perform similar roles in the past few years, then they are not alone. Harington is aware of the fact that pretty much all of the movies (and the only TV show) he’s been involved in are genre, and he’s excited to test himself with something new.
“I think the thing with genre or fantasy pieces or historical pieces is there’s a certain type of acting that goes with it, and you have to do that sort of acting justice, but I want to do something which tests me a bit more emotionally and what have you, so that’s where I’m going next,” he says.