Game of Thrones is one of the biggest things on cable today; when Breaking Bad ends in six week’s time it will likely be the biggest thing on cable. Now’s the perfect time for the show’s several hundred cast members to begin peeking their heads out from HBO’s nest and stretch their fledgling wings towards a career that won’t end when Game of Thrones does.

Pompeii might not do for Kit Harington what The 40-Year-Old Virgin did for Steve Carell, but at least it’s a start. Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson (known for cinematic treasures like Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator), Pompeii will star Harrington as Milo, a gladiator forced to fight in the city of Pompeii. He’ll fall in love with co-star Emily Browning, then have to contend with an evil villain (Kiefer Sutherland) and the eruption of Vesuvius, which blanketed the city in nearly twenty feet of solid volcanic ash. With Anderson at the helm, expect the film to have oodles of unnecessary slow-motion and underwhelming 3D. The pic is above, courtesy of EW.

Harrington does seem like he’s been doing the workouts necessary for an action hero role. It’s doubtful that Pompeii alone can ratchet up his career, but it could lead to a slew of more noteworthy action roles. Maybe a spot in The Expendables 4 (as Sly Stallone seems intent on including everyone who’s ever stepped onto the set of an action movie), or perhaps even something with real artistic merit. You never know.

Pompeii opens on February 21, 2014.

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