The new trailer for the recent HBO-acquired drama, Gunpowder was just recently released. The three-part thriller, based on the real 17th century “Gunpowder Plot,” in which a group of English Catholics led by Robert Catesby tried and failed to kill the King of England by blowing up the House of Lords, will debut on Monday, December 18.
Harington stars as Robert Catesby alongside fellow Game Of Thrones‘ co-star Peter Mullan as Father Garnet, Mark Gatiss as the Spymaster Robert Cecil, and Liv Tyler as Ann Vaux. They are joined by Edward Holcroft (Kingsman) as Thomas Wintour, Catesby’s friend and co-conspirator, with Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch) as Sir William Wade, Lieutenant of The Tower and Cecil’s right-hand man. Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) takes on the role of Guy Fawkes.
“My purpose is to kill the King of England,” touts Harington’s Fawkes, and judging by this first trailer, he will most certainly give it his all.
Originally premiering on the BBC One in the UK, Gunpowder is now making its way stateside, most likely to capitalize on Kit Harington’s Game Of Thrones‘ ties. Jon Snow himself also serves as an executive producer on the series, showing his passion to bring this story to life. “Three years ago, Daniel West and I began developing Gunpowder with Kudos and Ronan Bennett,” Harington said of the project. “We are thrilled to share this unique story with the US audience. I can’t think of a better place to do that than my home at HBO.”
The period drama was one of the first scripted series to air in a primetime Saturday night slot on the BBC One, which is a slot usually reserved for talent contests and prim-and-proper entertainment dramas. Written by Ronan Bennett (Top Boy) and directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), Gunpowder opened with a higher viewership than Tom Hardy’s Taboo, which premiered in a similar Saturday night slot.
Gunpowder premieres December 18, 2017, at 10 PM on HBO.
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