By Simon Dang | The Playlist September 1, 2011 at 3:31AM
With the popularity and critical acclaim of HBO's "Game of Thrones," David Benioff and D. B. Weiss' adaptation of George R. R. Martin's "Fire And Ice" series of novels, it was only a matter time before we started seeing the vast array of acting talent on that show moving on to film projects during the production downtime, or after their stints have ended (we'll politely overlook Jason Momoa's "performance" in "Conan").
One of 'Thrones''s other stars, Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen on the show) has now scored a leading role in Nae Caranfil's period drama "Closer To The Moon" and will star opposite two strong veterans in Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong, with lensing on the project to get underway later this fall.
Set in communist Romania, the film follows a group of Jewish former anti-Nazi revolutionaries as they refocus their skills against the communists and are arrested for robbing a bank under the guise of staging a film shoot. The group are sentenced to death but prior to their execution, they are forced to reenact their crime for a propaganda film. Lloyd plays the cameraman, Strong is one of the revolutionaries and Farmiga plays his lover and the mother of his child.
This project isn't the only one Lloyd has cooking either; the actor recently completed a stint on stage opposite Gemma Arterton and Rupert Friend in "The Little Dog Laughed," had a small role in Cary Fukanaga's "Jane Eyre" and will star as the younger version of Margaret Thatcher's husband, Denis, in "The Iron Lady."