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'Game of Thrones' star to play King Arthur

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Kit Harington rose to prominence this year playing Jon Snow on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. Like most epic fantasies, Thrones is heavily influenced by the aesthetics of Arthurian legend — knights jousting, kings clashing, swords with names — so it makes a bit of sense that Harington is on tap to play King Arthur in Warner Bros.’ Arthur & Lancelot, the actor’s rep confirmed to EW. (Variety first reported the story.) The production is currently figuring out a schedule that works with Harington’s Thrones gig. Harington would star alongside another cable TV 2011 breakout: Joel Kinnaman, who played Holder on The Killing. Kinnaman will play Lancelot.

Variety claimed that Harington beat out costar Richard Madden for the role. But at least Madden still outranks Harington on the small screen: His character, Robb, was crowned King of the North in Thrones‘ season finale. (Actually, according to recent census data, 90 percent of young British actors will play royalty at some point in their life.)

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