Netflix has released cast details for its upcoming original miniseries Troy: Fall of a City. The miniseries is yet another retelling of the Greek epic story about the legendary ten-year siege of the city of Troy ending with the construction of the Trojan Horse. The miniseries will air on the BBC in the UK, while Netflix will distribute the series internationally. Troy: Fall of a City does not yet have a release date, but seeing is how Netflix is still making casting announcements, it could likely be a few years.
Just this week, Variety reported that Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda, 24) has been cast to play Zeus, the almighty thunder god of Greek mythology who rules Mount Olympus, home to the gods. On the Trojan side, Louis Hunter (The Fosters) is set to play Paris, while Tom Weston-Jones, best known for his work on the BBC America series Copper, will play the mighty Trojan hero Hector. On the Greek side, Johnny Harris will play the vengeful king Agamemnon (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Snow White and the Huntsman) and David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas, Interstellar) will play the near-invulnerable hero Achilles. Joseph Mawle, best known for playing Benjen Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones adaptation, will play Odysseus.
The Troy: Fall of a City miniseries is being produced jointly by Netflix and BBC On and filming has been underway in Cape Town, South Africa since earlier this year. It will be written by playwrights David Farr, Nancy Harris, Mika Watkins, and Joe Barton, and directed by Owen Harris (Black Mirror).
Troy: Fall of a City was first announced in 2015 as part of Netflix’s campaign to expand its international presence through producing series and films with overseas casts and production houses. That campaign is so far paying off in a big way for Netflix; the streaming giant picked up 4.14 million new international subscribers in the second quarter of 2017 alone. The last time the Trojan War got an adaptation, it was the 2004 American film version Troy starring Brad Pitt. Could this new British production help attract UK subscribers in light of BBC efforts to counter Netflix’s growing presence in England?