After months of speculation and theories, Jon Snow finally made his highly-anticipated return to the latest season of HBO's Game Of Thrones with some dramatic deep breaths last month. Now, Thrones actor Kit Harington will be making an appearance in a very different game.
Activision has confirmed that Harington will join its upcoming futuristic FPS Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare as "the face of the enemy" in an "epic showdown between good and evil."
"Kit is an amazing talent, and the consummate pro," Taylor Kurosaki, the game's narrative director, said in a statement. "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."
The Settlement Defense Front (SDF) is a radical, hostile faction filled with brutal insurgents determined to destroy Earth.
Sherlock Holmes and Snatch director Guy Richie, who previously worked on Surprise, a live-action trailer for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, will also "lend additional support to production."
"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," said Infinity Ward studio head Dave Stohl. "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."
Activision has also released a sneak peak of Harington in a motion capture rig.
The announcement confirms earlier reports speculating that Harington might play some part in the upcoming title after a video surfaced showing the actor, without his iconic beard, being rolled into a mo-cap rig.
Last year, ex-NFL star Marshawn Lynch was also seen in a similar mo-cap rig for his role in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3.
The Call Of Duty franchise has sported some big-name actors in the past as well including Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey, Jeff Goldblum and John Malkovich.
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare has already caused quite a stir in the gaming community ahead of its November release.
The game's announcement trailer, which was released in May, has garnered nearly 28 million views and a whopping 2.8 million dislikes on YouTube. According to a playlist that monitors the most disliked videos on YouTube, the Infinite Warfare trailer is currently sitting at number two, behind Justin Bieber's Baby and ahead of Rebecca Black's Friday.
Many fans have criticised the latest Call Of Duty title's futuristic, interplanetary setting on social media, arguing that developers should have stuck to more realistic, Earth-based Call Of Duty gameplay.
Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, however, said there is a positive side to the backlash and that "the franchise has never been stronger."
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare is expected to launch in November for PS4, Xbox One and PC.