The English legend is coming soon. Today, the Esquire Network announced its new original drama Beowulf will premiere on January 23rd.
The series is based on the famous Old English epic poem.
The 13-episode first season will follow Beowulf (Kieran Bew), a Dark Ages warrior, who returns to his homeland of Herot only to find “himself wrongly accused of murder.” William Hurt, Joanne Whalley, and Downton Abbey‘s Ed Speleers also star.
Watch the trailer and read the official announcement below:
LOS ANGELES- DECEMBER 18, 2015- One of the fastest growing networks in cable, Esquire embarks on a journey into its second original scripted series with the epic tale of “Beowulf,” premiering Saturday, January 23rd at 10pm ET/PT. Based on the legendary English poem over a thousand years old, Beowulf tells the story of a disillusioned and damaged hero. The 13-episode, one hour drama will chronicle Beowulf’s return to his home Herot, to make peace with his past. Unwittingly in search of a cause to believe in and a community to fight for, Beowulf finds himself wrongly accused of murder and hunts down the true perpetrator to avenge the death of his fellow kinsmen. Beowulf becomes Herot’s tough but unconventional hero, responsible for upholding the law and protecting the town from danger. The last of a dying breed, Beowulf is a man capable of shaping the world around him by his actions and force of will. While this may seem like a familiar tale, Beowulf unearths the full story of the complicated, driven man behind the lore.
The series stars Kieran Bew (“Da Vinci’s Demons”) as Beowulf; multi-award-winning actor William Hurt (“Damages”) as Hrothgar; acclaimed actress Joanne Whalley (“Wolf Hall”) as Rheda; Ed Speleers (“Downton Abbey”) as Slean, Laura Donnelly (“Outlander”) as Elvina and David Ajala (“Black Box”) as Rate. “Beowulf” is produced by ITV Studios with Tim Haines and Katie Newman serving as Executive Producers along with James Dormer (“Strike Back”), who writes the series. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.”
What do you think? Have you read the original Beowulf poem? Will you watch the series premiere?