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Live-Action 'Grendel': Everything We Know So Far

Live-Action 'Grendel': Everything We Know So Far

A live-action adaptation of 'Grendel' is coming to Netflix starring Abubakr Ali, the first Arab Muslim male actor to portray a series lead in a comic book adaptation.

'Grendel' is the latest comic series adaptation on Netflix. The upcoming series is based on the Dark Horse supernatural crime comic from creator Matt Wagner and comes out of Netflix’s first-look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment. 

Netflix and Dark Horse have previously collaborated on the popular series 'The Umbrella Academy', and Jonas Akerlund’s feature film 'Polar', which is based on graphic novels by Victor Santos. Aside from that, they are also currently in production on the animated series, 'Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles,' based on Stan Sakai's long-running comic series 'Usagi Yojimbo.'

'Grendel' is based on Matt Wagner’s popular, award-winning Dark Horse comic book series about a masked vigilante. Wagner is onboard as executive producer of the Netflix adaptation.

The series is still in the early stages of development, but we already have key details to discuss. 

Here is everything we know about 'Grendel' so far, including release date, plot, cast, and more.

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When Will 'Grendel' Release?

There is no release date yet. 'Grendel' was announced just recently, which means it will be a while before the show comes to life. 

It took roughly two years for Netflix and Dark Horse's 'The Umbrella Academy' to arrive on the platform. Since 'Grendel' is a new collaboration between the two companies, there is a chance that it will follow a similar production timeline. If that will be the case, 'Grendel' will likely release by 2023. 

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How Many Episodes Will 'Grendel' Have?

Netflix ordered eight episodes of the upcoming live-action series. 

'Grendel' comic creator Matt Wagner is excited about the upcoming adaptation. In a statement via Deadline, he said: 

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about the Grendel saga, one of the longest-running independent comics series, finally being translated into live-action for the screen. Under the sharp guidance of showrunner Andrew Dabb, our incredible creative team, sure-to-be stellar cast, and Dark Horse Entertainment have teamed with Netflix to produce this provocative adaptation that will bring my characters and concepts to an all-new audience and yet still provide excitement and surprises for die-hard fans. I’m especially excited to see Abubakr Ali bring the character of Grendel/Hunter Rose to life — he has the charisma, style, and vital edginess that I’ve been envisioning in the role for years.”

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What Is The Plot Of ‘Grendel'?

'Grendel' follows Hunter Rose, a skillful fencer, writer, and assassin.

Rose is seeking to take vengeance for the death of lost love. He rapidly climbs up to a position of power in New York's criminal underworld, which puts him in danger with the man-wolf vigilante.  

Here is the official logline from Netflix:

"Based on Matt Wagner's groundbreaking comic book series, Grendel follows Hunter Rose, a gifted fencer, writer, and assassin as, seeking to avenge the death of a lost love, he goes to war with New York's criminal underworld, only to realize...why beat them, when you can join them?"

(Top L-R) Jaime Ray Newman, Julian Black Antelope, Madeline Zima, Kevin Corrigan, (Bottom L-R) Emma Ho, Erik Palladino, Brittany Allen, and Andy Mientus c/o Deadline

Who Is Cast In ‘Grendel'?

The cast is lead by the rising star Abubakr Ali, as the titular vigilante hero Grendel/Hunter Rose. Ali is the first Arab Muslim male actor to portray a series lead in a comic book adaptation. 

Ali is also featured on the show 'Power Book II: Ghost' and 'Katy Keene,' and will be the lead in the upcoming film 'What If', directed by Billy Porter.

We will also be seeing the star in 'The Punisher' Jaime Ray Newman as Jocasta Rose plays Hunter's much older lover.

'The Flash' star Julian Black Antelope plays Argent, Hunter's nemesis, Argent is a Native American man-wolf who wants to maneuver his vicious force for good. 

The "Californication" veteran Madeline Zima plays Liz Sparks, a detective hunting Grendel.

The supporting cast includes Brittany Allen as Annabelle Wright, Andy Mientus as Larry Stohler, and Erik Palladino as Teddy Ciccone.

'Grendel' series is written and executive-produced by Andrew Dabb, who previously worked on 'Supernatural.' Dabb also serves as the executive producer for the upcoming live-action "Resident Evil" Netflix series. 

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Is There An Official Trailer For ‘Grendel'?

There is no official trailer for 'Grendel' yet. No worries, we will make sure to update this space once the official trailer drops.

We will continue to update this article once new information is available. Feel free to get back to this link from time to time. 

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