James Kent is directing the film based on Brittain’s own autobiography of the same name. Brittain lived into her 70s and wrote three memoirs of her life before and after World War I, but Vikander will take on her first, which revolved around her entrance to the University of Oxford, her romance with Roland Leighton, and the onset of World War I, which would ultimately take the lives of her fiance, her brother and two friends. The bulk of the narrative centers around Brittain’s work as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse during the war, serving in Lond, Malta and France and her inability to return to “normal” life after the disillusionment of war. Harington will play her fiance.
Harington and Vikander worked together previously on fantasy adaptation “The Seventh Son,” which feels like it will never come out, its release having been delayed several times by this point. Best known as Jon Snow on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” now preparing to premiere its fourth season, Harington will next be seen opposite Emily Browning in period action epic “Pompeii.” He’s also up for a role in the “Fantastic Four” reboot.