As you can see, Kit Harington has shed his Game of Thrones furs and armor for a skin baring gladiator outfit in Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii. I give him props, he almost looks as good as me... almost. The first teaser trailer for the film has been released, and it looks like something you would expect to see from the director. There are some cool visuals, but let's just wait and see how the story plays out.
The film is was shot in 3D and the story leads up to the legendary eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Harington plays a character named Milo, who is a slave turned gladiator. He eventually falls head-over-heels in love with a beautiful upper-class woman named Cassia played by Emily Browning. It's basically Titanic, but the story centers around a volcanic eruption instead of a giant boat sinking. Harington talks bout the photo above in a interview with EW in which he says,
"This is the first scene you see me in. It’s set in London, in fact, and it’s a scene where my character is a gladiator fighting in an arena. That’s his gladiator look. It’s a great little fight against three masked gladiators and sets up who he is and where he’s going. You see me display my skills quite early on."
He goes on to talk about his character a little more, saying,
“Milo is a Celt who is enslaved when he is a child and his family is killed. There’s a time cut that happens in the movie where you see me go from a child to a man, and you realize he’s been a gladiator for a long time. Eventually he’s taken to Pompeii... There are some beautiful scenes in there.
He’s a good swordsman and good fighter, and quite brooding, which is all of what Jon Snow is, and he doesn’t really speak a hell of a lot, even though I’ve got a lot of screen time. He kind of keeps himself to himself.
He’s an angry, angry man who doesn’t care what he does. For a large part of the film, he’s driven by pure rage.”
The ensemble cast also includes Jared Harris, who plays Cassia’s father Lucretius, Keifer Sutherland as a visiting Roman Senator, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Paz Vega.I'm not really a big fan of Anderson's film work, so I'm not expecting anything special to come from this one. Pompeii is set to hit theaters on February 21st, 2014.