Like other cast members who have capitalized on the success of the HBO series Game of Thrones, actor Kit Harington (better known as Jon Snow to Thrones fans), Kit Harington has wielded his new-found fame as handily as he does a sword to land another big role.
He’ll be playing King Arthur in writer/director David Dobkin’s forthcoming Arthur and Lancelot film, beating out a host of other actors (including Game of Thrones co-star Richard Madden, who plays Robb Stark) for the role.
The 24 year-old Harington joins Joel Kinnaman (from AMC’s The Killing) who was already been cast as Lancelot. The project is expected to begin shooting sometime in early 2012 and will feature quite a different take on the classic tale according to Dobkin in a recent interview:
“I pulled the legend apart. I only kept a few things. I kept certain characters, I recreated the entire launch of the legend and why it starts the way that it starts, I don’t want to give away too much but it’s always had a flaw. I pulled the flaws out, I reinvented the characters as grounded characters. I took a much more realistic and grounded approach towards everybody, you know why would this character be this way and why would this character be that way? You know Arthur’s superpower is compassion and vision. I will tell you this, the whole thing is wrapped around the birth of democracy as a concept and it’s positing Arthur as the first man to say all men are created equal.”
While that approach may not appeal to Arthurian purists, Thrones fans will likely enjoy seeing another of their favorite actors get some time on the big screen.
Like many other actors in Game of Thrones, Harington was largely unknown before landing the role of Jon Snow in the series; his only other actiing credit in IMDb is playing the role of Vincent Carter in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, which is listed as being in post-production.