Exclusive: Kit Harington talks ‘ambitious’ ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7

The wait is over — winter is [almost] here!

Fans will still have to hang on for a few more months before “Game of Thrones” returns for season 7. The show announced Thursday via Facebook live that the return date is July 16.

Shortly after the big reveal, Kit Harington spoke to ABC News about the new season, calling it “much grander” than anything fans have seen before.

“[Season 7 has] so much more ambition,” he said while promoting his new film “Brimstone” out in theaters tomorrow. “There are less episodes this year, so they spent more money on those episodes. So, the whole scale of it is up.”

The new season will have 7 episodes instead of the usual 10.

In fact, Harington, who plays the incomparable Jon Snow, touched on the final two seasons, 7 and 8, and said he wants to see the show go out “with a bang.”

“That has to happen at the end of ‘Thrones,’ this season and next season,” he said. “It has to go into places TV hasn’t been.”

As for how fans will receive the highly-anticipated comeback after last year’s big reveal that Harington’s Snow had come back from the dead, he admits he’s always surprised at the positive reactions from the “Thrones” masses.

“I’m such a big cynic, I film a scene and [think] it’s gonna be a terrible scene,” he said. “Then when everyone loves it, I’m happy.”

With the big release date earlier in the day, fans literally helped the show melt a block of ice by typing “fire” into the comments to reveal the date. There were more than 100,000 fans on the stream right after it began and millions of views by the time the July 16 date had thawed out.

Viewers left off at the end of season 6 with Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys in search of the Iron Throne, while Lena Headey’s Cersei had just pulled off one of the most sinister revenge plots in history, reclaiming the top spot in Westeros. And then there’s also Snow, who should play a big part in the mix of things.

Source: ABC News

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Gets Premiere Date On HBO

Finally. The wait is over — HBO has set a premiere date for Season 7 of its blockbuster fantasy drama Game Of Thrones, The seven-episode seventh season will launch July 16.

In an extraordinarily elaborate, elongated Facebook Live video announcement watched by more than 150,000 fans, the premiere date was revealed as a big block of ice was melted by flaming torches. Fans were asked to type the word FIRE in comments to speed up the melting. Also interspersed were short videos of the series’ stars such as Alfie Allen breathing fire.

HBO promo’ed that the reveal would be made at 11 AM PT, but the first iteration of the video ended abruptly without a premiere date. A second version also ended without a reveal. Third time (after an excruciating wait) was the charm.

GOT, whose previous seasons consisted of 10 episodes each, typically premiered in April after filming during the second half of the previous year. Season 7 was delayed because the storyline required a longer period of shooting in winter conditions.

This is the beginning of the end for GOT, whose creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had revealed that the Emmy-winning series will end with Seasons 7 and 8. While Season 7’s episode count was set at seven last summer, before it went into production, the length of GoT’s final installment had been in flux. Benioff and Weiss had said that they were considering a 6-episode final season.

GOT is executive produced by Benioff and Weiss as well as Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield. George R.R. Martin, on whose books the series is based, is a co-executive producer.

Source: Deadline

Kit Harington is New Face of Dolce&Gabbana’s Fragrance Line!

Kit Harington has been announced as the face of Dolce&Gabbana’s fragrance line The One for Men!

The 30-year-old Game of Thrones actor’s new campaign will debut in September.

“Kit Harington is exactly how we see the Dolce&Gabbana man: young, naturally charming, charismatic, with a personality rich in traits. There could be no other face for The One for Men. We are happy to have him joining the Dolce&Gabbana family,” Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said in a statement.

Stay tuned to see more of his fashion shots!

Source: Just Jared

BBC announces further casting for Kit Harington’s Gunpowder

Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, and Tom Cullen are to join Game of Thrones and Spooks: The Greater Good star Kit Harington in Gunpowder, a new three-part BBC drama exploring the story behind the infamous Gunpowder Plot.

As previously reported, Harington will star as Robert Catesby, the 30 year-old Warwickshire gentleman who was the true driving force behind the plot, alongside Peter Mullan as Father Garnet, Mark Gatiss as the Spymaster Robert Cecil, and Liv Tyler as Ann Vaux.

Joining them are Edward Holcroft as Thomas Wintour, Catesby’s friend and co-conspirator, with Shaun Dooley as Sir William Wade, Lieutenant of The Tower and Cecil’s right-hand man. Tom Cullen takes on the role of Guy Fawkes.

Robert Emms (Happy Valley) will play Father John Gerard, the firebrand young priest who joins with the plotters, whilst Derek Riddell (The Missing) is King James.

Sian Webber (EastEnders) plays the devout and fearless Lady Dorothy Dibdale, with David Bamber (Tina And Bobby) appearing as Cecil’s great rival The Earl of Northumberland, and Kevin Eldon (The Halcyon) as Sir Joseph Hawksworth, Justice of the Peace. Acclaimed Spanish actor Pedro Casablanc will play the Constable of Castile.

The series was developed by Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington and Daniel West, and is written by Ronan Bennett, directed by J Blakeson and produced by Kudosin association with Thriker Films.

Source: Seenit

Sherlock actor Mark Gatiss among Gunpowder stars filming at Beverley Minster

Fans of cult TV dramas Game of Thrones, Dr Who, and Sherlock had a chance to spy actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss when he descended on Beverley this morning.

The British creative, who wrote some of the episodes in sci-fi favourite Dr Who and also played Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, in the recent TV adaptation, was among the cast members filming at Beverley Minster for the BBC’s latest period drama, Gunpowder.

The drama about the Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up parliament is being filmed in the town for the next couple of days.
And while fans won’t have a chance to glimpse the three-part drama’s main star, Kit Harrington – who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones – they will have a chance to spot Sherlock’s Simon Kunz, who has also appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Parent Trap.

Gunpowder production designer Grant Montgomery, who has also worked in the recent drama surrounding the lives of the Bronte sisters and Death Comes To Pemberley, said Beverley Minister was the “best place” for the scene they are shooting for the show after York Minister did not quite fit the bill.

“I came to Beverley to shoot Death Comes To Pemberley and it was beautiful, so I had it in my head to come back,” said Grant, who lives near Skipton.

“When I read the script I thought, I’ll go to York, I’ll go to Ripon and I’ll come to Beverley. I went around all of them and I chose Beverley. It’s really beautiful to shoot it and great to work in.”

Part of what the Minster is being used for is the setting of a feast scene.

“Will people recognise it? Some of it yes and some of it no,” said Grant. “We’ve created a feast of what food would have been eaten in the Jacobean period.

“King James I loved his food, he was particularly well known for eating a lot and was known as a very messy eater. It’s all ox heads, a lot of birds, there’s fish dishes and there’s a hedgehog.

“It’s all dressed inside the minster along several tables – it’s very heavily dressed. We’re using the central room as the state rooms and the privvy council are in a smaller area. This location is very important to the production, it keeps coming back to show the King’s world.”

Some of the crowd watching cast members strolling in and out of the Minster dressed in their Jacobean fineries had been waiting since 8am.

“I got here just before 8am to hopefully see Kit,” said Lisa Tissington, 48, of Bransholme. “I’m involved in amateur dramatics so it’s nice to see fellow artists and I always wanted to know what they do when they’re filming these period dramas.

“So far I’ve seen a few extras go in and out and they’ve been setting up a new load of lighting, but I’m here to get my picture of Kit.”

Rebecca Margherita, a student studying translation at the University of Hull, had come to Beverley to see what was going on.

She said: “We didn’t have class this morning so we thought we would wake up early to come here and see Kit. We have been here since 9am and we have seen a lot of actors dressed up and it is very interesting to see it all.”

With a release date yet to be announced, this fast-paced 17th century thriller delves into the history behind the plot evolution, the selection of the team to carry it out, the gathering of the resources, and the obstacles they came up against.

Source: Hull Daily Mail

Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington confirmed to star in explosive BBC Gunpowder Plot drama

Mark Gatiss, Liv Tyler and Peter Mullan have also signed up for the 17th century thriller

Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington has been confirmed to star in a new drama series about the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605, telling the little-known story of the real brains behind the operation: Robert Catesby.

Harington had been rumoured to be working on an adaptation of the story a few months ago, with the actor having previously revealed that he was descended from Catesby and that he had an interest in bringing his ancestor’s story to the screen.

Also lined up to set the screen alight in BBC1’s Gunpowder are Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler and Top of the Lake star Peter Mullan.

While the 5th of November has long been known as Guy Fawkes Day and celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and effigies, the three-part drama will reveal how it wasn’t all about Guy Fawkes and his tunnels under Parliament.

Instead, we meet Catesby, the 30-year-old Warwickshire gentleman who masterminded the failed assassination attempt on King James.

In this real-life drama, Catesby is a committed Catholic in Protestant England, in a time when Catholics are relentlessly persecuted and must practice their religion in secret.

Gatiss is King James’ spymaster Chief Robert Cecil, who is tasked with hunting down, torturing and executing priests.

Catesby is trying to bring up his young son in an increasingly intolerant society, having recently lost both his wife and father. He is angered by the suffering of his fellow Catholics, and though head Jesuit Father Garnet (Mullan) urges peaceful protest, this is not enough.

Instead, our protagonist starts to recruit friends and relatives to his secret plot. But what will happen when his cousin Anne Vaux (Tyler) becomes suspicious of his plans – and begins to fear the unintended consequences of Catesby’s actions? Meanwhile, a deadly cat-and-mouse game with Cecil’s spy network is under way.

The 17th century thriller has been written by Ronan Bennett and will be directed by J Blakeson when filming begins later this month. It will be made by Kudos, which has also brought us Apple Tree Yard, Broadchurch, Grantchester and Humans.

The television production company’s CEO Diederick Santer comments: “The Gunpowder Plot is one of the best known stories in Britain and most people are aware of the basic facts.

“But what Ronan has achieved with his page-turning script, and what I hope Kit and Peter and the rest of the magnificent cast will do, is to take the BBC1 audience behind the story, into the people, the passion and the politics.

“This will be a hugely engaging drama with a fascinating contemporary resonance, showing the consequences of what can happen when a religious minority is persecuted.”

Source: Radio Times

Kit Harington for TheWrap

New interview for TheWrap, you can read more in this link and watch a behind the scenes video.

For years there have been fan theories about Jon Snow’s true parentage, and now it appears that the main theory is true: His mother is Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark’s brother, and his father is Rhaegar Targaryen. Do you have your own theories about what that’s going to mean in the long run?
I do, and I never really like expressing them. If I say what my theory is, then some people will take it as gospel because I play the character. And I also find it unhelpful in playing the character to theorize about it, because he doesn’t think too much about it. If he gets to know that truth at some point, which I hope he will, it will be a really fascinating moment to play.

So are you now waiting and wondering when Jon Snow is going to die for good?
[Laughs] Yeah. But here’s the thing: I feel like one of the safest people on Thrones now. Maybe I shouldn’t say that. He could die next season, but I felt very safe this season. Because if I come back to life in Episode 2, it would be awful storytelling if you kill me in Episode 4. So I felt a bit cocky this season.