Kit Harington to play ‘Call of Duty’ villain

‘Game of Thrones’ star takes villainous turn; Guy Ritchie to direct his scenes

Kit Harington is about to play a totally different kind of game.

The Game of Thrones star will appear in the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

But get this: Harington isn’t playing the game’s hero. We’re told he’s the face of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare enemy faction, the SDF (Settlement Defense Front).

“Kit is an amazing talent, and the consummate pro,” said Taylor Kurosaki, narrative director, Infinity Ward. “Our story is about an epic showdown of opposing forces, and Kit immersed himself into the role and truly became the embodiment of the enemy, the Settlement Defense Front. We can’t wait for fans to see Kit play an entirely different kind of character.”

In addition, director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) was brought in to helm Harington’s scenes (previously Ritchie directed a live-action CoD trailer).

“Guy Ritchie is a friend of the franchise, so it was great to have him back to work with us, assisting in bringing Kit Harington’s character to life in Infinite Warfare,” added Dave Stohl, studio head, Infinity Ward. “It meant a lot to us to develop the role into everything it could be. We’re excited about the performance Kit delivered and can’t wait to get it out to the public. We’re committed to delivering a compelling story with rich character depth, and this was a special opportunity to add to our fantastic cast.”

Remember that mysterious video earlier this week teasing the actor’s new motion-capture role? That was for Harington’s participation in the hit Activision series’ latest title. Harington had full facial scans and did performance capture for the project, which Activision says will bring “his essence to the action-packed story of Infinite Warfare.”

Harington is the latest Hollywood name to appear in the franchise. House of Cards star Kevin Spacey was in Advanced Warfare and Law and Order: SVU star Chris Meloni appeared in Black Ops III. Infinite Warfare is unleashed Nov. 4. Previously, Call of Duty: Black Ops III earned a staggering $550 million in sales when it debuted in 2015, topping Jurassic World to rank as the year’s biggest entertainment release.

Check out video of Harington on the Call of Duty set here.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Is Jon Snow appearing in ‘Call of Duty’?

Jon Snow might be back in action on Game of Thrones, but the man who plays him appears to be keeping busy with some other game. Maybe Call of Duty?

Mashable obtained this video featuring Thrones actor Kit Harington – sans beard – being wheeled into an elaborate motion capture rig. Plenty of movies and TV shows use mocap these days, but this particular setup looks very familiar.

Images of a similar mocap rig surfaced in 2015 when ex-NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch was featured in an ESPN the Magazine cover story. The angle? His role in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Now Lynch’s participation in the game turned out to be very minor; he was a background player in one scene with zero lines. It was possible to miss him if you didn’t look for him.

Now Lynch’s participation in the game turned out to be very minor; he was a background player in one scene with zero lines. It was possible to miss him if you didn’t look for him.

We weren’t able to confirm what this video connects to – and Activision has no comment – but look at this image and compare it to the video above. The resemblance between the two mocap rigs is hard to deny.

Does that mean Harington is definitely appearing in a Call of Duty game, or any game at all? No. But it’s certainly a noteworthy coincidence that this very large, elaborate contraption is surfacing again.

With E3 just days away, you can probably expect to hear more about whatever Harington’s involved with very soon.

Source: Mashable by Adam Rosenberg

Evening Standard: My London

Kit talks about his beloved London, his favorite things in the city and also revel his pre-performance rituals, biggest extravagance and more for My London section of ES Magazine:

Home is…
I’m an Angel boy, and live on a road that’s still half housing association and half private housing. I’ve lived with my best friend Dan since drama school. It’s like a sexless marriage.

First thing you do when you come back to London?
Get all my friends around for a big old barbecue, even in the winter. My signature dish is a coq au vin. Not on the barbecue, though. That would be a disaster.

Who do you call to have fun with in London?
Alfie Allen. We met on Game of Thrones but have stayed good mates for years.

READ FULL INTERVIEW

Kit Harington video teases mysterious new project

Game of Thrones star Kit Haringon has a mysterious new project.

In the video above, we see Harington being wheeled into a cage lined with dozens of cameras.

This is a scanning rig used to digitally capture an actor’s likeness, such as for a motion-capture performance.

What could the project be?

We’re told more details on are coming later in the week.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

New interview for Digital Spy

This week Kit were interviewd by Digital Spy, he explains why he ditched his beard and told that he is forever “amazed” with the fascination surrounding his facial hair. Kit also spoke about fans taking pictures of him half-naked on stage during the show and that he doesn’t mind telling “white lies” to fans who want spoilers:

Game of Thrones hero Kit Harington made the news earlier this month for picking up his razor in the morning. Even though he’s done it before since joining the HBO fantasy – remember him in tennis mockumentary 7 Days in Hell?

Kit told us that he is forever “amazed” with the fascination surrounding his facial hair (we didn’t exactly help with that one).

“I’m amazed that it makes [news],” he told Digital Spy. “My publicist sent me some press, and it was in the Independent and the Telegraph!

“These are mainstream publications writing about someone’s beard being shaved! Hair grows back and actors have to change their look all the time. I find it consistently entertaining.”

And why did he actually shave it off?

“I’m doing what’s called a shave test or something. For my next job I have to work out how quickly I can grow a beard. To do that, I have to shave. So I’m not having to take selfies everyday, it’s not fun!”

However, it was at least nice to walk around unnoticed?

“Yeah, that helped, it was quite nice,” he said. “I guess I’m associated with a look, so having shaved there was less being noticed, so that was quite fun.”

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