New Beowulf Talent List Is Pretty Impressive

Published 8 years ago by

I’m not sure if anyone has seen anything on this but the new Beowulf movie coming out has quite a lot of talent attached to it. The cast includes Angelina Jolie, Brendan Gleeson , Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman, and Robin Wright Penn. This is quite an impressive cast for any movie, let alone a new version of one of the most famous fantasy stories ever.

It also has one of the best fantasy writers out there, Neil Gaiman. He wrote the story that was the basis for the upcoming movie Stardust. He also wrote the award winning comic series, Sandman, which is one of my personal favorites. It even has Robert Zemeckis directing, how can this movie go wrong?

Well, I have two reservations about this. The first is that Robert Zemeckis directed The Polar Express which used the same motion capture process as this movie is using. I thought the people in The Polar Express were creepy (which might actually work out here come to think of it). The second reservation I have is that sometimes it seems like you can have too much talent in a movie and that overshadows the movie itself, kind of too much of a good thing I guess.
Hopefully it all works out with this because I like all of the talent attached so far.

Check out the teaser site.

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  1. Shane,

    Having a celtic background and a love for fantasy stories really puts me in the driver seat for a Beowulf movie — but do you know anything about what rating they’ll be going for here? I picked up from your post that it will be animated, which is usually for the kiddies; however, if Gaiman is writing and it’s the Beowulf story — I’m not seeing anything less than a PG-13 if it’s done well.

    Thanks for the post,


  2. No idea yet Reverend, the site just says it has not been rated.

  3. I was excited to hear about the project way back when, and though the talent does interest me, I still hold some concern as to what they’re going to do with this. If it’s rated PG13 or any higher, we’re bound to see a film much closer to the classic tale but if we get PG or G fare, it may very well be a washed out disappointment.

    Still, I’m optimistic. So far, everything we’ve seen looks to be on track.

  4. Shane,

    You mention a very valid point regarding the film having so many big names attached. IMHO there is a tipping point connected to star power in a movie, where the quality shifts from excellent to poor due to either the fact that everyone is congratulating each other on the set, the director doesn’t want to trip any delicate tempers, or perhaps the idea that just having a bunch of big-name actors in a film makes it good by default.

    There are, of course, exceptions. But I’ve seen that happen in many films.


  5. The same tech drove Monster House, which avoided the Uncanny Valley effect of Polar Express by using a very stylized character design. If the Beowulf character design is done well (and if the cinematography equals their work on MH) it’ll be great.

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