Beowulf is a text which is woven into the fabric of humanity and the epic poem is the cornerstone for many of our modern day hero stories. ITV is having a go at bringing the tale to life in an epic new 13 part series created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman. Without Beowulf we wouldn’t have Lord of The Rings, Game Of Thrones or a million other epic adventures. I’m expecting great things from this.
Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) has been cast in the lead role of Beowulf in the series, which will also star William Hurt and Joanne Whalley.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The first episode sees Beowulf who, after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, returns to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Thane, Hrothgar – the man who raised him. But when Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendl, Beowulf has no choice but to hunt it down, winning favour with Herot’s new female Thane, and the wider community, in the process.
And so begins a personal journey that sees this mighty and capable man slowly reconnect with the notion of family and home.
Beowulf is a series about courage, greed, betrayal, revenge, loyalty, power, man versus wilderness and, of course love. It is a series that explores the notion of good and evil, heroes and villains. However, beyond these wider political undercurrents and inner personal turmoils are the excitement, danger and sense of adventure that any great Western has. Epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles are an essential part of the promise.
Movies In Focus will have much more on Beowulf once production begins later this month in Durham and Northumberland.