ITV has confirmed that David Harewood will guest star in ITV’s new drama Beowulf, joining Kieran Bew who has been cast in the title role, William Hurt who will play Hrothgar, and Joanne Whalley who takes on the role of Rheda.
David will play Scorann, a born warrior, fearsome fighter and man of great honour, in ITV’s epic re-imagining of one of literature’s greatest and most enduring heroes Beowulf. Created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman, the 13 part drama series to be produced by ITV Studios is set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures. Essentially, a western set in the Dark Ages of Britain’s mythic past, the story unfolds on a huge canvas, filmed amongst the breath taking beauty of England’s North East.
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 described by ITV Drama as a ‘series about courage, greed, betrayal, revenge, loyalty, power, man versus wilderness and, of course love.’ The episodes will explore 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.
Further casting includes Ed Speleers in the role of Slean and David Ajala will play Rate. Ian Puleston- Davies, Ellora Torchia, Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Susan Aderin, Kirsty Oswald, Laura Donnelly, Edward Hogg, Alex Price, Jack Rowan and Itoya Osagiede will also feature.
“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. 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. So it’s incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to make it relevant again for a wide audience – to let them own it again. To let them see themselves in it.” – James Dormer, Writer and Executive Producer
The Production’s choice to use the spectacular locations available in Durham and Northumberland has been encouraged by the enthusiastic support of the various Councils of the North East. Viewers in the ITV Tyne Tees region were given a sneek preview of the set in last nights edition of Tyne Tees News.