The utter destruction of the Roman town of Pompeii, buried under layers of ash and rock during the massive and devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, holds an endless fascination.

Pompeii was a sophisticated, elegant Roman town, made of brick, stone and marble, with luxury villas, theatres, shopping districts, a gymnasium, a complex aqueduct system, an amphitheatre and a bustling trading port. In a few short hours it was both destroyed and preserved under a rain of ash and volcanic rock. Its population of some 20,000 souls fled. Those who didn’t escape, preserved for eternity. Rediscovered some 1500 years later and one of the most important discoveries that began the era of modern archaeology in the 18th century, the objects, structures and people, frozen in time, provide a remarkable insight into city life under the Pax Romana.

A story that confronts the present with the past with striking immediacy, it has been the subject of many epic movies, and is undoubtedly one of the few moments in human history that absolutely deserves to be brought to life with all the spectacular intensity of an epic 3D production.

Pompeii 3D is written, directed and produced by Paul W S Anderson, who brought us 2010’s magnificent steampunk influenced adventure The Three Musketeers, and the epic SF zombie apocalypse series Resident Evil, as well as genre classics Event Horizon and Alien vs Predator.

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Smouldering

Pompeii 3D stars Kit Harington (Jon Snow in HBO’s Game Of Thrones) in his first blockbuster movie role. Set in the days leading up to the eruption of Vesuvius, Harington plays enslaved gladiator Milo, who must fight for his life in the arena every day. When noblewoman Cassia (Emily Browning – Lemony Snicketts, Sucker Punch) enters his world he must not only fight for survival but must struggle against his feelings for her – a noblewoman who can never be his. That is until the whole world is cast into chaos by a storm of ash and a flood of lava that will seal the city like a tomb. Now they all must fight to survive.

Thanks to Icon Film and Pompeii 3D we have three double passes to give away. While the volcano may be the smouldering star of the film (watch the trailer below to see how epic), we’d also love to know what other historic characters, real or fictional you’d like to see the smouldering Kit Harington play. Leave a comment below and we’ll select the three most interesting answers. Three winners will receive in-season double passes for Australian cinemas. Comments and entries will close Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 4pm AEST.

Pompeii 3D is in cinemas in Australia on 20 March 2014

38 Responses

  1. Adrienne harries

    Adonis the Greek god of male beauty
    Could be a fun story about a Greek fictional character

  2. Leah

    Milton S. Hershey. Real life hardships, and the key to a woman’s heart- through chocolate!

  3. katrina stubbs

    He’s stunning! I think he would be great as Hercules.Just look at those muscles! mmm

  4. Lynett

    Albert Einstein is akin to Kit,
    And wouldn’t Kit be just so electric!

  5. Tammy

    Joffrey Lannister. I mean… come on we all know how Pompeii ends and I’m thinking it will be a fitting end for the brat king also.

  6. John O'Toole

    I’d love to see him play Scipio in a film about the fall of the city of Carthage and the general Hannibal. Impressive young general, etc etc.

  7. Andrew Mc

    Sturm Brightblade from the Dragonlance series

  8. Harry Varvaressos

    I think Kit Harington could star in the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic. As well as avoiding the pitfalls of typecasting, he would bring a sensitive, understated gravitas to the overblown persona of the Queen frontman. Also he’d look great in Mercury’s finely preened moustache!

  9. phill harries

    Dresden – harry Dresden from Dresden files by Jim Butcher add a long coat and he is the epitome

  10. Pernilla S

    This probably shows my age but when I was very young I thought that Anthony Andrews in Ivanhoe was so handsome and brave. Love to see Kit Harrington take on the role.

  11. Robert

    Who wouldn’t want to experience Jack Bauer and John Snow take on a volcano….IN 3D!!!!?!

  12. Nicole

    He could play Hercules. His boyish, good looks are ethereal and someone so beautiful has to be forged of the gods. His mortality would be necessary, for touching purposes of course.

  13. Suarez Kasela

    Jesus – I think he would make a (no offense to anyone) hot handsome Jesus! But no really, it is his hot, rugged yet innocent look and that kinda longish hair too which I think makes him fits the part so well!

  14. George

    The Dread Pirate Roberts in a remake of The Princess Bride.

  15. Harry

    Joan of Arc, an Iconic woman who paved the way for feminine heroism!

  16. Shirley Shinkfield

    Julius Cesaer to Emilia Clarke’s Cleopatra

  17. Barry

    Fabio in a remake of the ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter’ commercials.

  18. sam greenwald

    Sturm Brightblade from the Dragonlance series

  19. zoe

    William Shakespeare, is who i’d like to see him play, he is so handsome, its a giveaway!

  20. Tawhi Kirk

    With his smoldering gaze,
    And his heroes allure.
    Kit as Aystyanax,
    Won’t be a bore.

    The son of a Prince,
    Hector of Troy.
    We could pave out a tale,
    Of a bloodthirsty boy.

    A story of revenge,
    For the death of his nation.
    Kits the perfect prince warrior.
    I would watch with elation!

  21. Mridul Kapoor

    I reckon best will be Ezio Auditore da Firenze basically the dreamer Desmond Miles in Assasin Creed

  22. C S Hughes
    C S Hughes

    Drumroll please and the winners are;

    Leah, who suggested Kit play Milton S. Hershey. A moustachioed chocolatier and philanthropist who lost his hand to a confectionery machine? I’d like to see the Steampunk version!

    George, who said the Dread Pirate Roberts. “All right. Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and find out who is right… and who is dead.” Why not?

    Pernilla S, who picked Wilfred of Ivanhoe, from the Walter Scott novel (and several movies) about the son of a Saxon King who supported the Norman King Richard the Lionheart over his Saxon father’s wishes, jousted about and nocked arrows with Robin of Locksley and his merry men. Down with the Normans! I say.

    There were many other amusing answers and intriguing ones, and I wish we had tickets for everyone. Maybe next time.

    Dear winners. We have emailed you, please reply with your address, and we’ll have tickets sent to you, toot sweet!