“Are we going to have Angelina Jolie back?”: Dave Bautista and Bryan Cranston Starrer Grendel Has Captivated Fans’ Attention With Its Powerful Casting

The film is based on the epic poem Beowulf, which was adapted by Robert Zemeckis, with Crispin Glover starring as Grendel.

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  • Dune: Part Two star Dave Bautista will reportedly star in the upcoming retelling of the epic poem Beowulf and will be playing the titular character.
  • Titled Grendel, the film reportedly also star Jeff Bridges as the monster, and will also feature Bryan Cranston, Sam Elliot, and Thomasin McKenzie.
  • Fans seem to be extremely excited for the epic to take shape due to its impressive cast and concept.
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Actor and former wrestler Dave Bautista was last seen in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune: Part Two as Glossu Rabban. The actor has come a long way from his WWE days and has branched out into various roles in acclaimed films such as the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy, Blade Runner 2049, Knock at the Cabin, and Glass Onion.


The actor will be seen next in Robert D. Krzykowski’s fantasy epic Grendel, which sees the actor play the popular character Beowulf. A retelling of the epic poem Beowulf, the film is adapted from a novel by John Gardner. It explores the story of Grendel, a monster whom Beowulf hunts. The film also stars Jeff Bridges, Bryan Cranston, Sam Elliott, Thomasin McKenzie, and more.

Dave Bautista Joins The Cast Of The Epic Fantasy Grendel

Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf
A still from Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf

The epic poem Beowulf has been regarded as one of the most important pieces of literature from the Anglo-Saxon period. Though the author of the poem is unknown, the work has been hailed to be an epic and follows the story of a warrior named Beowulf who travels to Denmark to slay a monster known as Grendel, who has wreaked havoc in the kingdom.


The poem had been adapted once by Robert Zemeckis and was depicted through motion-capture animation, much like his Polar Express. The film starred Ray Winston, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Wright, and Angelina Jolie. Jolie played the antagonist, ‘the Mother’, who is the mother of Grendel.

Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban looks at the center of Arrakis in Dune: Part Two
Dave Bautista in Dune: Part Two

Deadline reported that actor Dave Bautista had joined the cast of Grendel, set to be written and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski. The film also starred Jeff Bridges as the titular Grendel and Bautista playing the role of Beowulf. Krzykowski mentioned his excitement about working on the film in a statement to Deadline. He said,

“Grendel represents everything I love about the movies. John Gardner’s mad masterpiece cleverly tackles what it is to be human through the wild-eyed lens of a monster. It’s an honor to work with such a remarkable group of storytellers, all of whom seek to bring something wonderful and unexpected to audiences now.”

The film was reportedly based on the novel of the same name by John Gardner, which was based on the epic poem.


Fans Are Ecstatic About The Cast Of Grendel

Angelina Jolie as the Mother confronts Beowulf in the film Beowulf
Angelina Jolie in Beowulf

Apart from Dave Bautista and Jeff Bridges, Grendel seems to have a packed star cast which includes Bryan Cranston, Sam Elliott, Thomasin McKenzie, and Aidan Turner. The film has the potential to be a great fantasy epic due to its impressive star cast and interesting perspective on the popular Anglo-Saxon poem (via Deadline).

In the poem Beowulf, Grendel is a monster who is a cursed descendant of the Biblical Cain. Unable to tolerate the sounds of celebration in the mead hall of the kingdom of Heorot, the monster begins to attack the soldiers and warriors in the hall, consuming them in the process. Grendel attacks the hall for twelve years, prompting the king to send for Beowulf.

Fans seem to be ecstatic about the concept of the film and its impressive star cast. Many took to social media to express their excitement. Some even campaigned for Angelina Jolie to reprise her role as the Mother from Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf




The film will also reportedly feature the voice of T Bone Burnett, who is set to compose original songs for the film.

Beowulf is streaming on Paramount Plus.


Written by Nishanth A

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Nishanth A is a Media, English and Psychology graduate from Bangalore. He is an avid DC fanboy and loves the films of Christopher Nolan. He has published over 400 articles on FandomWire. When he's not fixating on the entire filmography of a director, he tries to write and direct films.