'Pompeii', directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, has managed to pack in quite the cast of rising stars as well as established veterans. In addition to Kit Harington, the film stars Emily Browning, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, and Carrie-Anne Moss. The film's US distribution has been picked up by FIlm District, which is just coming off a strong win for 'Olympus Has Fallen'.
Pompeii takes place in 79 A.D., when a Celtic gladiator [Harington] falls in love with a noblewoman [Browning] on the eve of the massive volcanic eruption that wiped out Pompeii.
The Film District CEO released a statement after picking up the domestic distribution rights to Pompeii, saying, "Pompeii' is the kind of big and bold film we all love to go to the movies to experience. We believe the film’s scope and story line will resonate well with US moviegoers and we are pleased to once again team with Sony on bringing a film to theaters and beyond."
The film already has a lot of expectation and hype surrounding it, especially due to Harington's involvement as the lead. After breaking out with Game of Thrones, this will be Harington's first lead role in a big budget film, and it will be his chance to prove that he has the screen presence and acting chops to be an A-list leading man. The release date for Pompeii has been set for February 28th, 2014.