Harington is set to trade the role of Jon Snow for the infamous Parliament plotter
Kit Harington is being eyed for a leading role in a new BBC miniseries that will dramatise the attempt made by 17th century radical Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
Harington, who is currently shooting his role as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season 7, was apparently interested in writing his own screenplay on Fawkes’ infamous story, though it is thought that his own project is unrelated to the BBC miniseries in question, which currently does not have a writer attached.
As TVLine reports, Harington is being sought to play the role of Fawkes in the as-yet-undeveloped series. Currently titled Gunpowder, the new project is being made in conjunction with Kudos, the production company behind Broadchurch and Humans.
Harington’s interest in playing Fawkes has likely been triggered by the fact that he is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby, who plotted alongside Fawkes in the lead-up to the failed attempt in 1605 to blow up Parliament.
Catesby shared Fawkes’ desire to restore a Catholic monarch to the throne, which they believed they could achieve by assassinating the reigning James I while he was attending Parliament. Their plans were scuppered, however, and Fawkes was executed for his role in the plot shortly after the failed attempt.