Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) has been cast to play the lead role of Beowulf in ITV’s epic re-imagining of the iconic Old English poem following the exploits of the titular warrior as he battles a fearsome monster during Britain’s Dark Ages.
Kieran will star alongside William Hurt (Humans), and Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall). Created by James Dormer (Strike Back), Tim Haines (Primeval) and Katie Newman (Primeval), the action-packed 13 part series is produced by ITV Studios and set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures. Dormer will write and exec produce.
Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) and David Ajala (Black Box) have also been cast along with 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 (Okora: The Prelude).
“Hundreds of years ago our ancestors listened to the story of Beowulf because it was a great adventure story – it scared them, thrilled them, made them laugh and cry,” commented Dormer. “But they also listened because they recognised themselves and their fears in it. By holding a mirror up to them this story helped define them and thus – us.”
ITV Studios’ Creative Director of Drama Tim Haines (Walking With Dinosaurs) will exec produce with ITV Studios’ Executive Producer of Drama Katie Newman (Primeval: New World). Stephen Smallwood (Ripper Street) will produce on location in County Durham and Northumberland. ITV Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea commissioned the series.