Hugh Grant to lead stellar cast of Greek gods in upcoming Netflix mythological thriller Zeus, with series set to go into production this summer

Hugh Grant has signed up to play the role of Zeus in Charlie Covell’s mythological epic Kaos for Netflix.

The series, which is due to go into production later this summer, is described as a bold and darkly comic, ‘contemporary vision of a mythical world’.

Kaos’s plot will follow Greek gods and their schemes, with Hugh, 61, portraying Zeus’s insecure and vengeful character.

Acting out: Hugh Grant, 61, has signed up to play the role of Zeus in Charlie Covell’s mythological epic Kaos for Netflix (pictured in 2020)

The impressive cast will also feature Janet McTeer, David Thewlis, Cliff Curtis, Killian Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Misia Butler, Leila Farzad, Nabhaan Rizwan, Rakie Ayola and Stanley Townsend.

Creator Charlie Covell told Deadline: ‘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 humour — I’m delighted to be working with them both,.

Playing the part: Kaos's plot will follow Greek gods and their schemes, with Hugh, 61, portraying Zeus's insecure and vengeful character (pictured in April 2021)

Playing the part: Kaos’s plot will follow Greek gods and their schemes, with Hugh, 61, portraying Zeus’s insecure and vengeful character (pictured in April 2021)

‘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. I can’t wait for filming to begin.’

It comes after Hugh and Melissa McCarthy were named among the A-list cast members of Jerry Seinfeld’s directorial debut Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story earlier this month.

Comic stars: Melissa McCarthy, 51, among the A-listers who were announced as part of the cast of Jerry Seinfeld's Pop-Tarts film Unfrosted on Wednesday; seen June 7

Comic stars: It comes after Hugh and Melissa McCarthy were named among the A-list cast members of Jerry Seinfeld’s directorial debut Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story

Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, James Marsden, Jack McBrayer, Tom Lennon, Adrian Martinez, Bobby Moynihan, Max Greenfield, Christian Slater and Sarah Cooper round out the cast of the movie.

The Netflix film chronicles the invention of the Pop-Tart and is inspired by a joke the comedian once told on stage. Jerry will also be starring in the flick.

A synopsis for the project, which is set in Michigan in 1963, reads: ‘Kellogg’s and Post, sworn cereal rivals, race to create a pastry that will change the face of breakfast forever. A tale of ambition, betrayal, sugar and menacing milkmen.’

Jerry is directing from a script he has written with Spike Feresten, Andy Robin and Barry Marder. Seinfeld and Feresten are producing the film with Cherylanne Martin, Andy Robin and Marder serving as executive producers.

Explaining the movie, the Seinfeld star said: ‘Stuck at home watching endless sad faces on TV, I thought this would be a good time to make something based on pure silliness. So we took my Pop-Tart stand-up bit from my last Netflix special and exploded it into a giant, crazy comedy movie.’

New project: The Netflix film chronicles the invention of the Pop-Tart and is inspired by a joke the comedian once told on stage. Jerry will also be starring in the flick

New project: The Netflix film chronicles the invention of the Pop-Tart and is inspired by a joke the comedian once told on stage. Jerry will also be starring in the flick 

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