Kit Harington Breaks Bad For ‘Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare’

Speculation that Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington would appear in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was confirmed Friday. Jon Snow is headed to outer space in this year’s edition of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC shooter. Only this time, he is playing a villain and not a hero.

Rumors of Harington dropping into Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare started Wednesday when Mashable posted a video of the actor going into a massive motion capture rig. Keen eyes spotted this was the same rig that was used for ex-NFL running back Marshawn Lynch when he appeared in Black Ops 3. Connections were made, and now Activision has confirmed the actor will join the growing list of actors who have played bad guys in the franchise.

Law & Order actor Christopher Meloni played the main antagonist in the Black Ops 3 campaign, but he was joined by other notable Hollywood actors such as Ron Perlman, Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Robert Picardo, Jon Bernthal, and others. Meanwhile, Advanced Warfare featured Kevin Spacey as the main villain and was also joined by other notable actors providing their voices.

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Kit Harington doing motion capture for ‘Infinite Warfare.’ [Image via Call of Duty Facebook Page]

The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare campaign takes place in a “plausible future” with players in the role of Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operation pilot. Events force him to take command of the Retribution, one Earth’s last remaining warships, to lead the remnants of the planet’s forces against the Settlement Defense Front (SDF).

Harington will play an unnamed member of the SDF and will likely be one of the main antagonists to the player. The official Call of Duty Facebook page shared a brief video of the actor in full motion capture gear on a motion capture set.

Director Guy Ritchie is working with Activision and Infinity Ward to help deliver the Infinite Warfare narrative and direct the actors on the motion capture sets.

“Kit is an amazing talent, and the consummate pro,” said Taylor Kurosaki, narrative director, Infinity Ward. “Our story is about an epic showdown of opposing forces, and Kit immersed himself into the role and truly became the embodiment of the enemy, the Settlement Defense Front. We can’t wait for fans to see Kit play an entirely different kind of character.”

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[Image via Activision]

“Guy Ritchie is a friend of the franchise, so it was great to have him back to work with us, assisting in bringing Kit Harington’s character to life in Infinite Warfare,” added Dave Stohl, studio head, Infinity Ward. “It meant a lot to us to develop the role into everything it could be. We’re excited about the performance Kit delivered and can’t wait to get it out to the public. We’re committed to delivering a compelling story with rich character depth, and this was a special opportunity to add to our fantastic cast.”

“Gathering this level of talent together for this role speaks to our studio partner’s drive to deliver a powerful narrative in Call of Duty,” said Tim Ellis, chief marketing office, Activision. “We challenge ourselves to constantly be fresh and expansive in creating gripping, immersive experiences that are exciting to play for our fans every year.”

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
[Image via Activision]

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will launch Friday, November 4 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Legacy Editions of the game will also come with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.

Activision is hosting a Call of Duty XP event in September in Los Angeles where fans will be able to try the Infinite Warfare multiplayer for the first time along with the Modern Warfare Remastered multiplayer. There will be other activities such as developer panels and a paintball course based on the Nuketown map.

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