Jon Snow may have sailed to the farther lands as the finale of Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” showed us, but Kit Harington is going nowhere. He will be returning to the television with “Gunpowder”, a series set in 1605. It chronicles the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ and stars him as the mastermind of the same, Robert Catesby. For those unaware, the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ was a failed assassination attempt using cast quantities of gunpowder against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a group of provincial English Catholics. They were led by Cates
If that name sounds familiar, it is because Fawkes is the anti-hero of the extremely popular graphic novel series, “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore and the eponymous movie. In real life, Fawkes was captured by a nobleman of the court before he could set fire to the gunpowder. To this day however, November 5 is celebrated as the “Guy Fawkes Day” in England.
Harington developed the series with Daniel West and Ronan Bennett. What’s interesting is that Harington is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby from his mother’s side.
The series is stacked with a talented cast that includes Peter Mullan (“Children of Men”, “Harry Potter Series”) who will play Father Henry Garnet, a co-conspirator; Liv Tyler (“The Lord of the Rings Series”) will play Anne Vaux, a wealthy woman who gave living quarters to Garnet and other Catholic priests in a time when practising Catholicism was prohibited; and Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock”) will also star as Sir Robert Cecil, the nobleman who uncovered the plot.
The series doesn’t have a premiere date yet but all its episodes have reportedly been directed by J Blakeson (“The 5th Wave”).
You can catch the trailer below: