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Watch Andy Samberg & Kit Harington's Epic Tennis Match In Mockumentary Trailer

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We've been aching for a glimpse of Jon Snow after Game of Thrones' crushing season finale earlier this month. Luckily, HBO just dropped the trailer for a sports mockumentary about an epic seven-day Wimbledon match with Andy Samberg and Kit Harington (sans hot beard).

The 45-minute comedy, 7 Days in Hell, is a send-up of the days when bad-boy tennis players like Andre Agassi and John McEnroe ruled the courts. It's in the same vein as hilarious Christopher Guest mockumentaries like Best in Show, and is directed by Jake Szymanski (SNL, Funny or Die).

Samberg stars as Aaron Williams, an Agassi-esque character with a glorious blonde mullet who's pitted against the not-the-brightest-tool-in-the-shed English tennis prodigy, Charles Poole (Harington). They embark on "the longest and arguably the greatest game in tennis history" in 2001 that is so hardcore that another man (not one of our rivals!) dies during the match. This game is four days longer than the actual longest tennis match that took place in real life, between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in 2010.

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We see some of the tennis greats participate in 7 Days in Hell interviews, like McEnroe, Chris Evert, and Serena Williams, who plays Aaron's adoptive sister. It's also supported by an insanely star-studded cast including the likes of Fred Armisen, David Copperfield, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Howie Mandel, Michael Sheen and Mary Steenburgen.

In an interview with Collider, Harington talked about how this movie is the type of comedy he was interested in doing, rather than your rom-com variety, and revealed some details about the shoot. "We shot it in three days in Palm Springs," Harington said. "We shot it in less time than it's set over... We just shot the shit out of everything. We just got everything we could. And it was farcical and stupid and I really want people to see it."

You can see the full interview here:

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'7 Days in Hell' will debut on the HBO channel on July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will be available for streaming on HBO NOW and HBO GO starting on July 8.