ITV Announces Cast for Beowulf
Some well known faces are to be seen in ITV’s new adaptation of the most famous olde English poem, Beowulf. Da Vinci’s Demons actor Kieran Bew will play the title role in a 13-part series. William Hurt, who turns 65 later this month, is cast as King Hrothgar who, in the poem, created the great hall of Heorot for his people.
In the poem, Hrothgar’s noisy warriors arouse the anger of a monster called Grendel.
Grendel attacks Hrothgar and his people flee. Their plight reaches the ear of Beowulf who leaves his home in Geatland and goes to help.
Further battles ensue – with Grendel’s mother and with a dragon – in the Anglo Saxon equivalent of a fantasy epic.
Joanne Whalley, who has also played Christine Keeler and Jackie Kennedy on screen, has landed the part of Rheda.
Others to appear in the series are Ed Speleers, who has appeared in Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall, as Slean and David Ajala, who was in film The Dark Knight, as Rate.
Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street), Ellora Torchia (Indian Summers), Gisli Orn Gardarsson (Spooks and Spirits), Susan Aderin (The Last Detective), Kirsty Oswald (Ripper Street), Laura Donnelly (Outlander), Edward Hogg (Indian Summers), Alex Price (Father Brown), Jack Rowan (Silent Witness) and Itoya Osagiede (Okoro: The Prelude) have also landed parts.