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Filming Begins on World War I True Story 'Testament of Youth,' Starring Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 17, 2014 at 1:32PM

Filming has kicked off on World War I drama "Testament of Youth," starring Kit Harington ("Pompeii," "Game of Thrones") and Alicia Vikander ("A Royal Affair"). Helmed by Brit TV director James Kent, the film tells the true story of Vera Brittain, who delayed her studies at Oxford to be a nurse during the war; she then had to keep her life together after both her fiance and brother were killed in battle.
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Kit Harington
Kit Harington

Filming has kicked off on World War I drama "Testament of Youth," starring Kit Harington ("Pompeii," "Game of Thrones") and Alicia Vikander ("A Royal Affair"). Helmed by Brit TV director James Kent, the film tells the true story of Vera Brittain, who delayed her studies at Oxford to be a nurse during the war; she then had to keep her life together after both her fiancé and brother were killed in battle.

Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander

Vikander plays Brittain and Harington her fiancé, Roland Leighton.

The project, backed by BBC Films, comes at an appropriate moment: 2014 is the centennial of the beginning of World War I. David Heyman ("Gravity") is producing; the film is shooting on location in Yorkshire, Oxford and London.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.