Hugh Grant will be starring as Zeus, king of the Greek gods, in an upcoming Netflix thriller based on Greek mythology called Kaos.
The dark comedy series, which will be in production this summer, is a modern retelling of the famous stories of the Ancient Greek gods written by British actor and writer Charlie Covell.
“This genre-bending series puts a modern twist on Greek and Roman mythology, exploring themes of gender politics, power and life in the underworld,” the description for the series states on Netflix.
Hugh Grant to star in Greek mythology series Kaos on Netflix
Covell, speaking to Deadline, said: “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…Georgi (Banks-Davies) and Runyararo (Mapfumo) are both visionary directors with pleasingly dark senses of [humor]—I’m delighted to be working with them both.”
“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 [honored] to have them all on board. I can’t wait for filming to begin,” Covell continued.
The British actor, who is famous for his roles in hits such as Bridget Jones’s Diary and Love Actually will be portraying a different image of Zeus, one that is insecure and full of rage.
Along with Grant, 61, the cast will include Killian Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Misia Butler, Leila Farzad, Nabhaan Rizwan, Janet McTeer, David Thewlis, Cliff Curtis, Rakie Ayola, and Stanley Townsend.
Netflix to introduce ads
Streaming giant Netflix is set to introduce a lower-cost subscription tier that includes ads, the company told its employees.
The service is known to be completely ad-free, unlike competitor Hulu, but recent hikes in prices and drops in subscribers have signaled that providing a lower-cost subscription tier that features advertisements may bring customers back.
From its earliest days as a streaming platform, Netflix consistently stated that it would not place ads on its content, but the sentiment has seemingly changed due to the needs of the current market.
The change, which the company aimed to implement further in the future, will take place during the last few months of 2022, according to a report in The New York Times.
“Every major streaming company excluding Apple has or has announced an ad-supported service…For good reason, people want lower-priced options,” the note to Netflix employees states, as quoted in The New York Times.