Kit Harington Goes to “Pompeii” with Paul W.S. Anderson

By Kirsten Anderson Casting

Kit Harington will have volcano trouble.

What’s up, “Game of Thrones” cast? Well, today we have news from Variety that Kit Harington has joined the cast of Paul W.S. Anderson film “Pompeii.” Yes, that Pompeii, as in Vesuvius, volcano, lava, ash, buried town.

Here’s the plot:

“[The film] follows Milo (Harrington), the slave of a shipping tycoon who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master’s daughter. What Milo doesn’t know is that she’s already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he’s been sold to another owner in Naples. Just when things can’t get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius erupts, prompting Milo to head back to Pompeii to rescue his love and his best friend, a gladiator who’s trapped in the city’s coliseum.”

Sounds…melodramatic. Lee Batchler and Janet Scott Batchler wrote the script, then Julian Fellowes apparently did a revision. Well, that is a man who knows his way around a bit of melodrama. Anderson, who’s best known for his “Resident Evil” movies, last delved into period film-making with “The Three Musketeers.” That was not one of the better adaptations of the popular tale. So I’m not sure how high our hopes should get for this one, though I do believe Anderson can put together a good volcanic explosion.

Harington was last seen on the big screen in “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.” Things are hopefully looking up for him with a role in “The Seventh Son,” with Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges, and a lead voice role in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Then, of course, there’s season three of “Game of Thrones,” which can’t come soon enough.

 

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