Emmett J. Scanlan (The Fall, Constantine) has joined the cast of ITV’s 13 episode Beowulf adaptation, TVWise has learned. He will play Wulfing leader Skellan, an imposing and formidable leader who takes any steps necessary to bring about success for his clan in battle.
Described as a re-imagining of the classic tale, Beowulf follows the eponymous character who, after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, returns to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Hrothgar. 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.
Scanlan joins a cast that is being led by Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Beowulf and also includes William Hurt (Humans) as Hrothgar, Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall) as Rheda, Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) as Slean and David Ajala (Black Box) as Rate. Ian Puleston-Davies, Ellora Torchia, Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Susan Aderin, Kirsty Oswald, Laura Donnelly, Edward Hogg, Alex Price, Jack Rowan, Itoya Osagiede and David Harewood also star.
Co-created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman, Beowulf is being produced by ITV’s sister company ITV Studios, who have been behind such efforts as Vera and Mr Selfridge. James Dormer, who has written extensively for the Sky1/Cinemax co-pro Strike Back, is penning the scripts and will executive produce alongside ITV Studios’ Tim Haines and Katie Newman. Production is now underway in County Durham and Northumberland for a 2016 premiere.