“Game Of Thrones” fans may be waiting until 2019 to see where the story of Jon Snow winds up. However, Kit Harington will return to HBO in some different clothes and facial hair for the miniseries “Gunpowder.”
Also starring Liv Tyler, Mark Gatiss, and Peter Mullan, and directed by J Blakeson (“The Disappearance of Alice Creed”), “Gunpowder” will the tell the story of Gunpowder Plot, in which a group of provincial English Catholics planned to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I. Here’s the synopsis:
Originally commissioned by BBC One in the U.K., GUNPOWDER stars Kit Harington as Robert Catesby, who was the driving force behind the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 London. A committed Catholic at a time when Protestant England persecutes Catholics relentlessly, Catesby’s refusal to abandon his religion brings him to the edge of financial, social and psychological ruin. Mark Gatiss plays Robert Cecil, King James’ spymaster, who directs efforts to hunt down, torture and kill priests, while rank-and-file Catholics are subject to oppression and the loss of their property.
Peter Mullan portrays head Jesuit Father Garnet, whose peaceful protestations have little effect on Catesby. Liv Tyler plays Catesby’s astute and capable cousin, Anne Vaux, who becomes suspicious about his activities and fears the consequences will be the exact opposite of what Catesby intends.
GUNPOWDER chronicles the evolution of the plot, the selection of collaborators to carry it out, the gathering of resources and the obstacles to its execution, even as Catesby’s team plays a deadly cat and mouse game with Cecil’s ruthless spy network.
“Gunpowder” debuts on HBO on December 18th.