Over the course of five seasons, Game of Thrones fans have watched Kit Harington as Jon Snow, the bastard son who has risen from the illegitimate black sheep of the Stark clan to Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Last week on Game of Thrones, Harington took on the massive army of White Walkers in his role on the series, wielding his sword of Valyrian steel through a battle of epic proportions. But coming this July, HBO will showcase Kit Harington in a special where fans will see him wielding a weapon of a different sort entirely — a tennis racket, to be precise.
Yes, Harington — who plays the brooding, melancholy Jon Snow — will finally get to lighten up a bit in July for the HBO special 7 Days in Hell. The faux documentary centers around a fictional tennis match, with Harington playing one of two tennis legends locked in what the teaser refers to as the greatest (fake) tennis match in history, lasting seven days.
Kit Harington is almost unrecognizable without his Game of Thrones beard and black winter cloak, donning tennis whites and a white headband holding back his trademark Jon Snow locks, tied up in a man bun. Andy Samberg stars in 7 Days in Hell as Harington’s opponent in the match, sporting a disheveled, blonde-streaked mullet cut. The teaser features commentary by real tennis pros Serena Williams and John McEnroe, and all the drama one would expect from a sports documentary. Plus an appearance of the most epic tennis sport coat fail in the history of sports broadcasting.
Who knew Kit could play tennis? Judging from a video teaser just released by HBO, the Game of Thrones star seems to be a natural for the game, even in the format of a comedy mockumentary.
If Kit Harington fans find it odd seeing him in a comedy role, the actor showed off his sense of humor last month in the Game of Thrones musical for Red Nose Day. Kit sang “Wildling” to the tune of “Wild Thing,” serenading his on-screen love Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte on Game of Thrones. And according to multiple sources, played Kit Harington’s off-screen love for awhile, as well.
In addition to Samberg and Harington, other 7 Days in Hell cast appearances include Lena Dunham, Mary Steenburgen, Michael Sheen, Karen Gillan, Howie Mandel, Fred Armisen, and June Squibb, with the premiere scheduled for July 11 on HBO.
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