Whether or not Kit Harington’s Jon Snow will return to the George R.R. Martin-based series after Sunday night’s episode remains a mystery, but the hot young Brit actor does have a busy slate ahead. His projects include HBO mockumentary “7 Days in Hell,” where Harington and Andy Samberg star as faux tennis-playing rivals locked in an extremely length match. Directed by Jake Szymanski, the film, set to air July 11, sneak-previewed at SXSW. Here are some (solid) reviews so far:
The Hollywood Reporter
Funny or Die and SNL Digital Shorts veteran Jake Szymanski takes his skit game to the next level in “7 Days in Hell,” even if that “next level” is just the landing in the stairwell between viral videos and a proper feature debut. His 7 Days in Hell, a mock-sports doc about an epic Wimbledon bout, is perfectly suited to featurette length, mimicking cable-TV accounts of historic sporting events without pushing its luck by inventing involved off-the-court subplots. Funny in its broader-than-the-net way and packed with attention-getting “interviewees,” it should play quite well when it premieres on HBO.
“7 Days in Hell” is funny enough to play in a multiplex (even if, at 50 minutes, it’s not quite feature length), but its hilariously vulgar jokes would definitely saddle it with a box-office poisoning NC-17 rating. On HBO, though, anything goes, and thank goodness because director Jake Syzmanski and writer Murray Miller were able to produce a mockumentary that giddily pulses with a sense of absolute freedom — freedom from content restrictions and freedom to experiment with weird strains of comedy that would never fly in a mainstream Hollywood film.
Harington recently carried James Kent’s sweeping WWI romantic drama “Testament of Youth” alongside another rising star, Alicia Vikander. That film is currently in theaters. Meanwhile, Harington is also set to star in Xavier Dolan’s yet-to-be-filmed English language debut “The Death and Life John F. Donovan” opposite Jessica Chastain. Dolan expects to shoot in the Fall.
Hopefully he will pick his projects carefully going forward. The less said about 2014 bellyflop fantasy adventure “Seventh Son,” the better.