Why ‘Eternals’ was Right for Kit Harington after ‘Game of Thrones’

  • Kit Harington previously turned down a role in a superhero movie before joining Marvel’s “Eternals”.
  • Harington told Insider he felt the previous role was “just thrown” at him while he was on “GOT”.
  • The MCU role is different from what he is usually offered, and “the future looked pretty interesting.”

Kit Harington joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in November’s “Eternals”, but this is not the first time he has considered joining a superhero franchise.

In September, Harington told Total Film that he turned down a role in an unnamed superhero movie while filming “Game of Thrones.” In “Eternals”, Harington does not play a super powerful creature, but ordinary human Dane Whitman (comic fans can grind in on that name). Dane works at the Natural History Museum in London and happens to be dating one of the eternal ones, Sersi (Gemma Chan).

Asked what it was about this role he found attractive and what made him feel like it’s time to join a superhero franchise now, Harington told Insider it was a series of things.

Harington revealed that he rejected the previous role in a superhero movie that he did not name because “that kind of thing was just thrown at me without much conversation.”

“As nice as it is to have parts thrown at you that are offers, I did not really feel it was a lot of collaboration,” he added.

The process was completely different with “Eternals”. Harington told Insider that producer Nate Moore called him to discuss the role. “He spoke through this character with me and my role in this film, in particular,” Harington said of how Whitman was presented to him. After speaking with Moore, Harington met with director ChloĆ© Zhao.

“I was not auditioning or otherwise for anyone else in this movie,” Harington said. “I was not auditioning for Dane. They just came to me with Dane and said, ‘Is that something you would be interested in?'”

What also encouraged him to take the role was the fact that he “is no longer part of another franchise.” Harington starred in “Game of Thrones” as Jon Snow for eight seasons from 2011 to 2019. Snow became a major focus of the HBO series in later seasons, something the actor told Variety made him feel “very vulnerable” to his characters. fate became famous a cliffhanger at the end of season five.

In “Eternals,” Harington is not the front and center of the MCU (yet, at least). Being a few years out of “Game of Thrones” gives Harington the opportunity to fully dive into and focus on Whitman, a role he is excited to take on.

“There’s a space where this can live in my life and in my head,” Harington told Insider.

Kit Harington and Gemma Chan in Eternals

Harington’s Dane Whitman is in a relationship with Chans Sersi at the start of “Eternals”.

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“Not just in this movie, as small as that role is. There’s a lightness about him that I really liked,” Harington said of what attracted him to the Marvel character. “There’s a comic element that was different from other things I get offered, and the future looked pretty interesting. So yeah, for all those reasons, it felt like the right one.”

Harington wants to work with his former ‘Game of Thrones’ player, Richard Madden, more

Harington was added quite late to “Eternals”. When he was cast, he already knew that his former “Game of Thrones” cast mate and real friend Richard Madden would be in the movie as well.

“It was kind of an exciting thing. I saw his name attached to this in a much bigger role than I’m in. He’s basically one of the lead roles in this movie,” Harington said of Madden. who plays an eternal named Ikaris in the film.

“I knew this was not my movie. This is Richard’s movie, if it’s anyone who’s out of the two of us. So I’m coming in as his guest in a weird way,” he continued.

In “Eternals”, Harington and Madden share the screen for a short time. (The two are trapped in a kind of love triangle.) Harington said it was “nice” to perform with his former “Game of Thrones” player again.

“But it was not like we were making a full movie together, nor was it like that before with us,” Harington told Insider. “We had our own stories back then, and in this we definitely have our own stories. It feels like a sequel.”

Ikaris, Sprite, Dane Whitman and Sersi i "Eternal."

Ikaris, Sprite, Dane Whitman and Sersi in “Eternals”.

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“At some point, Richard and I will hopefully get a movie where we actually spend some time together. But in this, it felt true to form for us,” he added.

“Eternals,” also starring Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani and more, will hit theaters on November 5th. You can read our review here.

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