Kit Harington is in talks to star in a new BBC drama based on the gunpowder plot.

The 29-year-old Games of Thrones actor is believed to be starring and also producing the drama which will be inspired by Guy Fawkes’ infamous plan.

Harington has previously spoken about how one of his relatives – Robert Catesby – was involved in the 1605 act which saw Fawkes attempt to assassinate the British Monarch King James I by blowing up the Houses of Parliament.

BBC sources have since confirmed that the actor is in “advanced talks” to head the three hour-long episodes that will make up the project. No casting announcements have yet been made and it is not yet known who the star will play.

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