Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the hit HBO show, is reportedly set to feature in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare according to a leaked video.
When it comes to high-profile celebrity cameos, the Call of Duty franchise is certainly no stranger. In 2014’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Kevin Spacey came on board as a villain, though his involvement in the game is mostly remembered for the infamous QTE funeral scene. Meanwhile, Jeff Goldblum, Ron Perlman, Heather Graham, and Neal McDonough played playable characters in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s Zombies mode, allowing players to blast the undead to smithereens as the four big-name stars.
With this year’s release, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, it seems that developer Infinity Ward is trying to top these previous cameos as the company has reportedly enlisted Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington (Jon Snow) for a role in the game. This information comes from Mashable, which has obtained a video that appears to show the actor being wheeled into a motion capture rig at the studios for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
While the publication notes that many movies and TV shows use motion capture these days, it also points out that it looks remarkably similar to the motion capture rig used to add Marshawn Lynch’s likeness to Black Ops 3. As a matter of fact, the setup is almost exactly the same as the one found within the photographs of the ex-NFL running back in the rig that were captured by the photographer Art Streiber for ESPN Magazine.
While the game’s publisher Activision reportedly had no comment when asked about Harington’s involvement in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, if the Game Of Thrones actor is indeed in the game, he may not necessarily have a major, starring role. Not only does the actor’s IMDB page suggest that he is busy with upcoming films Brimstone and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, it’s also worth noting that Marshawn Lynch was only featured in the game in a “blink and you’ll miss it” capacity (he featured as a background character with no lines) and that there may be a similar set-up here.
What’s also unclear is just how much of a draw a Kit Harington cameo would be to the Call of Duty crowd. While fellow Game of Thrones actors Peter Dinklage and Lena Heady helped raised Overwatch’s profile when they played it during the Clueless Gamer segment, would having an actual starring role in a game have a similar, successful impact?
Call of Duty fans are already split by the decision to take the series to space, which, in fact, led the Infinite Warfare trailer to become mass disliked. That said, it’s also uncertain whether Kit Harington’s involvement would be able to distract from that, or make up for fans’ disappointment.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be released on November 4 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with premium editions of the game coming bundled with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.