'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.