British actor Hugh Grant has now joined as the Olympian Greek God Zeus in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Charlie Covell’s mythological epic Kaos. Covell is known for his collaboration with Netflix on The End of the F***ing World.
Directed by Paper Girls filmmaker Georgi Banks-Davies and Sex Education episode director Runyararo Mapfumo, the eight-episode series will follow the storyline of Kaos which provides a “darkly funny, contemporary spin on the Greek mythology” while exploring the politics of gender, power and other social issues in the underworld.
Grant, last seen in The Undoing and A Very English Scandal, will star as the “seemingly all-powerful” yet “desperately insecure” Olympian Greek God, Zeus who suddenly feels threatened when his position of power is seemingly disrupted.
The series will also feature a set of mortals who have a cosmic connection to Zeus’ downfall.
The series will also star David Thewlis from The Sandman as Hades, Fear the Walking Dead star Cliff Curtis as Poseidon, Ozark actress Janet McTeer as Hera and Station Eleven star as Dionysus.
The rest of the Olympians have also been cast but their roles have not yet been declared. The cast includes Rakie Ayola, Stanley Townsend, Billie Piper, Killian Scott, Leila Farzad, Misia Butler and Aurora Perrineau, among others.
Covell spoke to Deadline, saying, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be making KAOS and I can’t think of a more exciting or dynamic team of people to bring everything to life.”
While Covell praised Runyararo and Banks-Davies as “visionary directors with pleasingly dark senses of humour”, he expressed his “shock” and delight at the prospect of working with Grant.
“I believe I’m still in shock at the news that Hugh Grant has agreed to play Zeus- this was my dream. He’s leading a stupendous cast of actors and we’re extremely honoured to have them all on board,” said Covell, who reportedly cannot wait to start filming.
Stay tuned for more updates.