Pompeii Trailer: You Know Nothing Of Mount Vesuvius, Jon Snow

By Katey Rich 2013-08-22 08:12:56discussion comments
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You know nothing of lava, Jon Snow.

Oh wait, wait-- Mount Vesuvius is dark and full of terrors.

OK, so we've got some time to come up with more Game of Thrones related puns to throw at Pompeii, which is indeed a recreation of the volcanic eruption that wiped out an entire Roman city in 79 A.D., and stars Jon Snow himself, Kit Harrington, sporting the kind of six-pack muscles that just do not get emphasized enough in the Night's Watch uniforms. Directed by Resident Evil's Paul W.S. Anderson, Pompeii looks like the totally bonkers kind of historical epic you can only get away with when everyone affected is long since dead, and nobody minds watching fireballs crash into sailing ships or people's bodies covered in ash, because hey, history.

Even though this trailer doesn't offer much in the way of plot, preferring mostly to focus on the aforementioned fireballs and abs, there are a lot of people involved to back up Ned Stark's bastard. That's Emily Browning, veteran of Sucker Punch, you see as Harington's doe-eyed love interest, and somewhere in there both Kiefer Sutherland and Mad Men's Jared Harris are playing bad guys. Harington plays Milo, an enslaved Celtic gladiator, who is fighting his way back to Pompeii as Mount Vesuvius erupts, both to save his noblewoman love (Browning) and his best friend, a gladiator trapped inside the coliseum (Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje is glimpsed for a second as a gladiator, so we're guessing it's him?)

Pompeii has already set a release date of Feburary 28, which would have made it one of two films to arrive early next year starring Harington. But The Seventh Son, which has suffered a series of delays, recently gave up on a release date entirely when Warner Bros. dropped it from their slate and allowed Universal to pick it up. So now Pompeii is our only chance on the big screen to see Harington's lustrous locks in action-- with fireballs as an added, not-insignificant bonus.
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