Kit Harington, best known for playing fan favorite character, Jon Snow, on HBO’s Game of Thrones, has a new project called 7 Days In Hell coming out on HBO on July 11. (You can go here for a deeper look into where Jon Snow stands at the end of season 5, but if you have yet to watch the thrilling finale, best wait because there are major spoilers).
You’d be forgiven for thinking that 7 Days In Hell was an actioner of some variety where Harington must get past a mighty force to grab a key thing that will save the world or prevent it from complete destruction.
But 7 Days In Hell, a comic documentary, doesn’t take place in an exotic locale dripping with tuxedoed men and scantily clad women — it takes place on a tennis court. And not just any tennis court — the famed grass center court at Wimbledon in England.
7 Days In Hell stars Harington (Charles Poole) and Andy Samberg (Aaron Williams) as tennis rivals who wind up playing the longest tennis match ever, over the course of seven days.
An idea that must be loosely based on the real-life Wimbledon match during the 2010 Championships between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut — Isner eventually triumphed after approximately 11 hours of play over three days and a total of 183 games.
7 Days In Hell is a 45-minute HBO special that interviews Williams and Poole in a look back on the epic match and includes important moments from the game, be they directly tennis related or not — keep an eye out for an amorous moment with a streaker.
Harington’s Poole is a character so mind-numbingly stupid it’s charming, while Samberg’s Williams is the fake-adopted brother of the ultra talented Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, and tennis’ bad boy du jour — wearing a look slightly reminiscent of 80’s bad boy, Andre Agassi.
The star-studded cast of extras includes Fred Armisen, David Copperfield, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Karen Gillan, Soledad O’Brien, Michael Sheen, June Squibb, Mary Steenburgen, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, and Serena Williams.
Take a look at the 7 Days In Hell trailer and watch the premiere on HBO on July 11 as a humorous precursor to the Wimbledon men’s final on July 12 or for Harington’s impressive man bun.
And that’s not all Harington’s been up to — it would seem he didn’t waste a lot of time resting and relaxing during his hiatus between the fourth and fifth seasons of Game of Thrones. He’s also starring in a wartime romance set during World War I that shows the horrors of war from a woman’s perspective instead of the traditional male fighter viewpoint.
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