Ahead of the premiere of its first original scripted series Spotless in November, Esquire Network has ordered 13 episodes of ITV Studios-produced Beowulf for premiere in 2016.

The epic tale tells the story of Beowulf, a troubled warrior who experiences love and loss yet shares a deep binding comradery with his fellow kinsmen. Based on the complex protagonist of a classic poem written between the eighth and tenth century, the story takes place in a mythological place, The Shieldlands, and challenges the notions of good and evil, heroes and villains, and the rule of law against one’s moral code. Balancing the light and dark of the characters’ inner and outer worlds, Beowulf celebrates the warmth and humor of a community pulling together despite the adversities that threaten their existence. The series was filmed thoughout England’s countryside. to set the stage for the story’s fantastical land inhabited by heroes and beasts.

Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) stars as Beowulf, alongside William Hurt (Damages), Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall), Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) and David Ajala (Black Box). ITV Studios is producing with Tim Haines and Katie Newman serving as executive producers along with James Dormer (Strike Back) who pens the series. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

“‘Beowulf’ exemplifies our commitment to delivering well-produced, vivid and engaging programming to our audiences,” said Matt Hanna, EVP of Development and Production for Esquire Network. “We’re thrilled to bring an impressive assembly of artists and visionaries to our lineup when the series unveils later next year.”