Poor Kit. He’s pretty much doomed to be in period pieces his entire career, isn’t he? Up next for the Pompeii stud is Testament of Youth (subtitled Remembrance for a Lost Generation), a sweeping World War I drama based on the memoir of the same name by Vera Brittain (played by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander). Brittain’s account follows the lives of the “Lost Generation,” specifically those of her brother and her fiancé Roland Leighton (Kit Harington), both of whom enlisted. Baby-faced Harrington seems a bit squinty and lost without his Game of Thrones bearskin cloak – also: is that a lacefront toupée? – but you can bet your ass I’ll be there opening day to see this.
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is a searing story of love and war. Based on the classic First World War memoir, this is the incredible true story of one young woman’s struggle to survive the horrors of war, which robbed her of everyone and everything she held dear, but was ultimately unable to break her extraordinary spirit.
Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the grief of war, as one by one her fiancé, her brother and their closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to create a world in which such a war can never take place again.