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article imageMI-5 movie to star ‘Game of Thrones’ actor

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 9, 2013 in Entertainment
Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow in HBO’s hit fantasy-drama series, is to play the lead in Altitude Film’s new global espionage thriller, it has been revealed.
Spooks: The Greater Good, which is based on the popular TV series, MI-5, was announced last week, when it emerged that Peter Firth would be reprising his long-running role as Harry Pearce for the big screen.
The title of the film originates from the name of the series itself – Spooks – which is known as MI-5 only in the US.
MI-5 ran for ten seasons between 2002 and 2011. Although the main cast members changed throughout its run, Firth appeared in every single episode.
As reported last week, Firth will reprise his role as Pearce’s MI5 chief for Spooks: The Greater Good, his character being central to the premise of the film.
With speculation rife as to who would be joining him, the Hollywood Reporter has now revealed that Harrington — along with Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty) — has been cast.
Kit Harrington, 26, will play an ex-MI5 operative, Will Crombie. Till now, the American actor has been best known for playing Jon Snow — the the Night’s Watchman and illegitimate son of Lord Stark — in HBO’s George R. R. Martin fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones.
In the 90s, Ehle played Elizabeth Bennett in the BBC TV series Pride and Prejudice, which also starred Colin Firth as Mr Darcy. Her performance earned her a BAFTA for Best Actress in a TV Show. In, Spooks: The Greater Good, she will play MI5’s Dame Geraldine Maltby.
Speaking about the casting announcements, co-producer Stephen Garrett said, “With [this film], we’ve set out to make a gripping, cinematic, contemporary spy thriller – one that builds on the history of the show and its legacy of questioning the world around us, but which also delivers as a stand-alone film for a new, global audience.”
Meanwhile, another co-producer, Ollie Madden, tells Hollywood Reporter, “We are delighted that Kit Harington, who blew us away as Jon Snow, will star in the lead role as Will Crombie, alongside the wonderful Jennifer Ehle as Dame Geraldine Maltby of MI5. Together with Peter Firth, who has been in this from the beginning, we’re thrilled to be bringing together such an exciting cast.”
Altitude Film describes the film as “a gripping, high-concept espionage thriller with global stakes, a classy, award-winning cast and strong franchise potential”, Spooks: The Greater Good is due to begin filming in the first quarter of 2014. It will be directed by Bharat Nalluri, the originating director of the TV series.
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