After playing troubled hero Jon Snow for eight seasons of HBO's epic fantasy hit drama Game of Thrones, you'd be forgiven for thinking Kit Harington might want to avoid getting involved in any other massive franchises for a while. But it has just been announced Disney's D23 Expo in Burbank, California that Harington will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Sources said that Harington will join one of Marvel and Kevin Feige's superhero franchises," Deadline reported on Saturday. Shortly after, it was confirmed that Harington has been cast in The Eternals, Marvel's upcoming movie about a race of immortal superhuman beings. Harington will play Dane Whitman, aka The Black Knight.
He isn't the first Game of Thrones alum to take a superhero role: in fact, practically every member of his on-screen family has some kind of connection to the world of Marvel Comics. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) has played the telekinetic heroine-turned-cosmic villain Jean Grey in the last two X-Men movies, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) plays Wolfsbane in the long-delayed The New Mutants, and Richard Madden (Robb Stark) has already been cast in The Eternals as Ikaris.
Harington had some trouble saying goodbye to the series that launched his career. He got incredibly emotional during the final table read for the show, and compared taking off his costume for the last time to "being skinned." After the series finale aired, he checked himself into rehab for "personal issues", with multiple sources saying that the end of the show "hit him hard." However, from this casting news it sounds like he is back and ready to take on a new challenge.
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