ITV Studios’ Beowulf has been picked up by Esquire Network and will air 13 original episodes in 2016. Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) stars in the title role alongside William Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Ed Speleers, and David Ajala. Strike Back‘s James Dormer wrote the series and ITV Studios’ Katie Newman and Tim Haines executive produced this new adaptation of the classic story.
“Beowulf exemplifies our commitment to delivering well-produced, vivid and engaging programming to our audiences. We’re thrilled to bring an impressive assembly of artists and visionaries to our lineup when the series unveils later next year,” said Matt Hanna, Executive Vice President of Development and Production for Esquire Network.
Beowulf was filmed in England.
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.
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