Kit Harington joins WWI drama Testament of Youth
Story by Jack Foley
GAME Of Thrones star Kit Harington has joined the cast of World War One drama Testament of Youth.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is based on a book that was written by a woman named Vera Britain and published in 1933, chronicling her experiences during the First World War.
The autobiography revealed how Britain was about to head to Oxford to begin a new life when the Great War changed everything. She lost her fiancé and brother in battles and became a nurse on the frontlines.
After the war, she tried to resume her life but found herself part of a lost generation, returning to Oxford and becoming a feminist and a writer.
Alicia Vikander, the Swedish actress who shot to prominence in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, is playing Britain, while Harington will play her fiance. The two previously worked with each other on fantasy epic Seventh Son.
Harry Potter luminary David Heyman is producing the film, which is being made by BBC Films, and James Kent, who has previously helmed episodes of acclaimed period drama The White Queen, is directing.
Harington will shortly be seen on the big screen in Pompeii, the period disaster movie directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and co-starring Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland.
He will also reprise his role of Jon Snow in HBO’s Game of Thrones, which returns in April, and has landed a role in spy thriller Spooks with Peter Firth and Jennifer Ehle.
Vikander also has Guy Ritchie’s The Man From UNCLE on her upcoming list.