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Netflix Greek Mythology Series KAOS Casts Jeff Goldblum as Zeus

Jeff Goldblum as Zeus
Netflix Greek Mythology Series KAOS Casts Jeff Goldblum as Zeus. Credit: Jeff Goldblum/Flickr

In KAOS, Netflix’s recreation of Greek mythology, Jeff Goldblum has been cast as Zeus, replacing Hugh Grant who was originally cast.

Along with Jeff Goldblum’s Zeus, KAOS will also include Janet McTeer as Hera, Cliff Curtis as Poseidon, the god of the sea, and David Thewlis as Hades, the deity of the underworld. Moreover, Killian Scott will play the role of Orpheus in the Greek mythology series. Orpheus is a character in a well-known Greek myth that sees a tragic end.

According to Deadline, Debi Mazer from Entourage will portray Medusa, and Daniel Lawrence Taylor will portray the protagonist, Theseus. The series now features Misia Butler, Leila Farzad, Nabhaan Rizwan, Rakie Ayola, Aurora Perrineau, and Stanley Townsend. Billie Piper from Doctor Who will make a brief cameo.

The show’s logline reveals more about its concept and reads: A darkly comedic and contemporary reimagining of Greek mythology, exploring themes of gender politics, power, and life in the underworld.

Deadline reports that “nothing is sacred in Covell’s bold reinvention of Greek myths (think tracksuits not togas), except the treachery and arrogance of a bunch of inconstant gods and their cosmic machinations…Some things never change.”

Why the Study of Mythology and Mythical Retellings Is Currently Popular

Mythology is prevalent due to major franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) delving deeply into the world of myths in their films and television shows, as well as other shows like Percy Jackson & the Olympians waiting in the wings.

More information about how the TV show would handle its Greek mythology roots is included in the book. Zeus, who has long relished his position as King of the Gods, will be portrayed by Goldblum as the ostensibly all-powerful yet insecure and spiteful character— that is, until he notices a wrinkle on his forehead when he wakes up one morning. Then, anxiety takes hold, sending him down a perilous, paranoid path. Zeus begins to see hints of his impending demise everywhere and becomes convinced of its approach.

Greek mythology is unusually grim, especially by modern standards, even though many legendary retellings highlight the gods’ courage. Therefore, it will be intriguing to see how far Netflix goes with the underlying implications the myths themselves contain. We doubt that Thor: Love and Thunder will give us a realistic look at Zeus or any of the other Olympians although it may show us a glimpse of Thor’s naked behind. We eagerly await the results of this Greek mythology series.

Covell is the creator and writer of the eight-episode series, which is produced by the international multimedia company Sister and Anthem. The first block is directed by Runyararo Mapfumo with Georgi Banks-Davies serving as executive producer and main director.

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