Hugh Grant Becomes A God In Upcoming Netflix Series

Hugh Grant is set to finally achieve the divinity that has always been his destiny in a new series from Netflix.

By Nathan Kamal | Published

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Hugh Grant is a titan of romantic comedies, but now he will become a god. Specifically, Hugh Grant is set to portray Zeus, father of the Olympian gods in an upcoming Netflix series entitled Kaos. According to Deadline, Hugh Grant will be starring in a genre-bending, darkly comic take on Greek mythology, supported by a pretty incredible cast. While the words “all-father god commanding thunder and lightning from the top of a mountain” are not the first words you think of when you think of Hugh Grant, we trust him to stretch his acting abilities on this. 

Kaos will star Hugh Grant as Zeus, with the role of his brother Hades, lord of the underworld, being played by David Thewlis. The third brother of the Olympian prime elder trio, Poseidon, will be played by David Thewlis. According to a synopsis of the series, Kaos will be set in a reimagining of the modern world in which the gods are apparently a part of the world and Zeus has reigned for thousands of years. Much like his portrayal in classical mythology, Hugh Grant’s Zeus is the unquestioned king of gods and font of power, but also insecure and prone to weakness and vanity. The plot of the series begins as (horror!) Hugh Grant discovers a wrinkle in his face and spirals into paranoia about the fall of the gods. 

Meanwhile, David Thewlis’ Hades is struggling to deal with an excess of unprocessed souls in the nether-realm, while Cliff Curtis’ Poseidon is living a life of lavish excess on the seas. Hugh Grant is joined by Janet McTeer as his spouse Hera, Nabhaan Rizwan as his drunken son Dionysis, as well as mortals like Orpheus played by Killian Scott. It appears that the show will be integrating concepts of Greek mythology and godhood with current social and political concerns, like the role of oligarchs and billionaires in everyday life. But at the end of the day, we are going to get to see Hugh Grant play Zeus and we did not know how long we have been waiting for this. 

Kaos will be an eight-episode limited series, written and developed by Charlie Covell. Covell is best known for writing The End of the F***ing World which first aired on the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 and then aired internationally on Netflix. The show’s second season won the prestigious Peabody Award, and it appears Covell is in good with Netflix at this point. Kaos is set to be directed by ​​Georgi Banks-Davies and Runyararo Mapfumo. Also, did we mention that Hugh Grant will be playing Zeus? 

While Hugh Grant first came to widespread international attention in period literary adaptations like Maurice and The Remains of the Day and romantic comedies like Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral, he has been taking out of character roles in the last several decades. He starred in multiple roles (including a dystopian Hawaiin cannibal) in the Wachowskis’ 2012 science fiction film Cloud Atlas, a villainous actor in Paddington 2, a sleazy private investigator in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, and he also was a key part in breaking one of the biggest media scandals of all time. Hugh Grant as Zeus, everyone!