It's the Battle of the Badass Television Stars in our exclusive clip from "Pompeii," director Paul W.S. Anderson's big budget recreation of one of the most destructive natural disasters in the history of forever.
The scene takes place before all of that lava and ash make a total mess of the place, with Kit Harrington (Jon Snow on "Game of Thrones) turning in his parka for the more revealing outfit of a gladiator as he makes short work of other contestants in a Roman arena of games n' combat.
Harington's character Milo — the slave turned celebrity warrior — isn't content with just being acknowledged as the victor, through — he's got to end his hard day with a rather deadly flourish, turning a fallen flag into a spear and hurtling it into the audience — specifically at Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland, aka Jack Bauer on "24), the despicable Roman senator betrothed to Milo's beloved Cassia (Emily Browning, whom you can briefly catch putting on the pouty/concerned face that got her through the entire running time of Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch").
The Battle of the Badass Television Stars doesn't stop there — Milo managed to pull all this off whilst chained to another gladiator, Atticus, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, perhaps best known to TV audiences as Mr. Eko on "Lost."
We've seen Harington and Akinnuoye-Agbaje in action in the previously released trailers for "Pompeii," though this clip makes for the first time we're seeing Kiefer Sutherland in his villainous role. The character could be seen as a "companion part" to Kiefer's father Donald Sutherland's role as President Snow in "The Hunger Games," with both men playing powerful and corrupt politicians in a society where violent entertainment is arranged for the masses.
Except that Panem isn't doomed to be wiped out by the fury of a volcano. Just to recap history and all, the ancient Roman town-city known as Pompeii was virtually wiped out by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., an event that "Resident Evil" director Anderson has spared no expense in staging to satisfy our disaster-porn appetites. Really, why should Roland Emmerich have all the fun with this kind of stuff?
"Pompeii," aka "Jon Snow vs. the Volcano," opens on Feb. 21, and our guess is it's probably worth seeing in IMAX 3D.