Kit Harington has found great success with Game of Thrones (indeed he’s probably the best thing in it). The TV series has ensured he’s been up for a lot of major film role, but not much has come of it so far. For example he was all ready to go in a major Arthur & Lancelot movie, until it got cancelled in the last minute. Now he’s in talks for the lead role in Summit Entertainment’s Pompeii, which has Paul W.S. Anderson onboard to direct, according to THR.
The film, based on Robert Harris’ novel, is set in 79 A.D. and centres on Milo (Kit Harington), a slave whose plans to marry the daughter of his shipping tycoon master are dashed when he is sold to another owner in Naples. When Mount Vesuvius erupts, he flees back to Pompeii to rescue his lover and his best friend, a gladiator trapped in the coliseum.
Janet Scott Batchler and Lee Batchler wrote the original screenplay, with Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes providing the most recent script revision. It hasn’t bee revealed when it might shoot.