Paramount Pictures Presents
In Association with Shangri-La Entertainment
An ImageMovers Production
A Robert Zemeckis Film
Executive Producers Martin Shafer Roger Avary Neil Gaiman
Screenplay by Neil Gaiman & Roger Avary
Produced by Steve Starkey Robert Zemeckis Jack Rapke
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beast’s ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle resonates throughout the ages, immortalizing the name of Beowulf.
Academy Award®-winning director Robert Zemeckis tells the oldest epic tale in the English language with the most modern technology, advancing the cinematic form through the magic of digitally enhanced live-action.
Unlike anything you will see this year, “Beowulf” represents a decade long quest for New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman (the graphic novels Mirrormask and Sandman), and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Roger Avary ("Pulp Fiction") to see the myth adapted to the big screen.
With Real D, Dolby Digital 3D and IMAX 3D “Beowulf” delivers an unparalleled immersive experience that transports you to the age of heroes.
A stellar cast is led by Ray Winstone (“The Departed,” "Sexy Beast") in the title role. Joining him are Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins as the cursed King Hrothgar, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Oscar® winner Angelina Jolie as Grendel’s mother.
Paramount Pictures Presents In Association with Shangri-La Entertainment An ImageMovers Production “Beowulf” starring Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie. The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Neil Gaiman & Roger Avary. The producers are Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. The executive producers are Martin Shafer, Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman. The co-producer is Steven Boyd. The director of photography is Robert Presley. The production designer is Doug Chiang. The film is edited by Jeremiah O’Driscoll. The costumes are designed by Gabriella Pescucci. The senior visual effects supervisor is Jerome Chen. The music is by Alan Silvestri. The original songs are by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri. This film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity.
Ray Winstone (Beowulf) was recently seen in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar®- winning drama “The Departed” and Anthony Minghella’s “Breaking and Entering” opposite Jude Law and Juliette Binoche. Upcoming films include Steven Spielberg’s fourth installment of “Indiana Jones” opposite Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf and John Hillcoat’s comedy “Death of a Ladies Man” written by Nick Cave.
Winstone won a 1998 British Independent Film Award for Best Actor and earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in Gary Oldman’s “Nil By Mouth.” The following year, he earned another British Independent Film nomination for his work in Tim Roth’s drama “The War Zone.” He received his third British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in “Sexy Beast.” Additionally, he shared a National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble for the 2001 film “Last Orders.” Winstone earned an Australian Film Institute Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in “The Proposition.”
Born in Hackney in the East End of London, Winstone was a champion boxer in school and fought twice for England. He studied acting at the Corona School before director Alan Clarke cast him in the controversial project “Scum,” which was originally made as a BBC play but was banned for its brutally violent content. Later remade as a feature film, “Scum” launched Winstone’s career. Subsequent film credits include “Quadrophenia,” “Ladybird, Ladybird,” “Face,” “The Sea Change,” “The Very Thought of You,” “Agnes Brown” and “Fanny and Elvis.” More recent films include Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain” and Antoine Fuqua’s “King Arthur.” He was the voice of Mr. Beaver in the fantasy blockbuster “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
Winstone has also worked extensively in television, starring in series and
television movies. His credits include the title roles in the British tele-films “Henry VIII” and “Sweeney Todd.”
Anthony Hopkins (Hrothgar) received an Academy Award® for his performance in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), and was subsequently nominated in the same category for his performances in “The Remains of the Day” (1993) and “Nixon” (1995). He was also given the Best Actor Award by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for “The Remains of the Day.” In 1993, he starred in Richard Attenborough’s “Shadowlands” with Debra Winger, winning numerous critics awards in the U.S. and Britain. In 1998, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Amistad.”
In 2001, Hopkins starred in the sequel to “Silence of the Lambs” entitled “Hannibal,” opposite Julianne Moore. Directed by Ridley Scott, the blockbuster film grossed over $100 million domestically. He also recorded the narration for the 2000 holiday season’s hit film “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”
In 1998, he starred in “Meet Joe Black” directed by Martin Brest, “Instinct” directed by Jon Turteltaub and “Titus,” Julie Taymor’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” with Jessica Lange.
In 1992, he appeared in “Howard’s End” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” before starring in “Legends of the Fall” and “The Road to Wellville.” He made his directorial debut in 1995 with “August,” an adaptation of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” for which he composed the musical score and also played the title role. He also starred in the title role of “Surviving Picasso” and opposite Alec Baldwin in “The Edge,” a dramatic adventure written by David Mamet and directed by Lee Tamahori. “The Mask of Zorro,” directed by Martin Campbell and co-starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, was released in July 1998, and “Amistad” directed by Stephen Spielberg was released in December 1997.
Earlier films include “84 Charing Cross Road,” “The Elephant Man,” “Magic” and “A Bridge Too Far.” “The Bounty” and “Desperate Hours” were his first two collaborations with the Dino De Laurentis Company. In American television, he received two Emmy Awards for “The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case” (1976), in which he portrayed Bruno Hauptmann, and “The Bunker” (1981), in which he played Adolph Hitler.
Born December 31, 1937 in Margum near Port Talbot Wales, he is the only child of Muriel and Richard Hopkins. His father was a banker. He was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School. At 17, he wandered into a YMCA amateur theatrical production and knew immediately he was in the right place. With newfound enthusiasm, combined with proficiency at the piano, he won a scholarship to the Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, where he studied for two years (1955-1957).
He entered the British Army in 1958 for mandatory military training, spending most of the two-year tour of duty clerking in the Royal Artillery unit at Bulford.
In 1960, he was invited to audition for Sir Laurence Olivier, then director of the National Theater at the Old Vic. Two years later, Hopkins was Olivier’s understudy in Strindberg’s “Dance of Death.” Hopkins made his film debut in 1967, playing Richard the Lionheart in “The Lion in Winter” starring Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn. He received a British Academy Award nomination and the film received an Academy Award® nomination as Best Picture.
American television viewers discovered Hopkins in the 1973 ABC production of Leon Uris’ “QBVII,” the first American miniseries, in which he played the knighted Polish-born British physician Adam Kelno who is ultimately destroyed by his wartime past. The following year, he starred on Broadway in the National Theatre production of “Equus” and later mounted another production of the play in Los Angeles, where he lived for 10 years, working extensively in American films and television.
After starring as Captain Bligh in “The Bounty” (1984), he returned to England and the National Theatre in David Hare’s “Pravda,” for which he received the British Theatre Association’s Best Actor Award and The Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 1985 Laurence Oliver Awards. During this time at the National, he starred in “Antony and Cleopatra” and “King Lear.”
Hopkins also appeared in the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s “Hearts In Atlantis” for director Scott Hicks, the action comedy “Bad Company” co-starring Chris Rock and the box-office hit prequel to “Silence of the Lambs,” “Red Dragon” co-starring Ed Norton, Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watkins and in Miramax Films’ adaptation of the Phillip Roth novel “The Human Stain” opposite Nicole Kidman and directed by Robert Benton.
Hopkins was most recently seen in Miramax Films’ “Proof” opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, “The World’s Fastest Indian” for director Roger Donaldson, “All The King’s Men” for director Steven Zallian and co-starring Sean Penn, Jude Law and Kate Winslet, and the crime thriller “Fracture” opposite Ryan Gosling. He also wrote, directed and composed the score for his debut independent feature, “Slipstream,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1993 and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.
John Malkovich (Unferth) – John Malkovich is one of cinema's most in-demand actors, and works frequently in both American and international productions. He has worked with many of cinema's leading directors, making indelible impressions in such films as: Liliana Cavani's “Ripley's Game,” Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich,” Jane Campion's “The Portrait of a Lady,” Wolfgang Petersen's “In the Line of Fire,” Gary Sinise's “Of Mice and Men,” Bernardo Bertolucci's “The Sheltering Sky,” Stephen Frears' “Dangerous Liaisons,” Steven Spielberg's “Empire of the Sun,” Paul Newman's “The Glass Menagerie,” Roland Joffé's “The Killing Fields” and Robert Benton's “Places in the Heart.” He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor, in 1985 for “Places in the Heart” and in 1994 for “In the Line of Fire.” His performance in “Places in the Heart” also earned him the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review. In 1999, he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for “Being John Malkovich.” He recently starred in the epic adventure “Eragon” based on the best-selling novel. Upcoming are such films as “The Great Buck Howard” with Tom Hanks, “Drunkboat,” “Gardens of the Night,” “In Tranzit, “Disgrace,” “The Mutant Chronicles” and “Afterwards.”
Malkovich is a longstanding member of the groundbreaking Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He joined the company immediately upon completing college, and between 1976 and 1982 he acted in, directed or designed sets for more than fifty Steppenwolf productions. Malkovich's debut on the New York stage in the Steppenwolf production of Sam Shepard's “True West” earned him an Obie Award. Other notable plays include “Death of a Salesman,” “Slip of the Tongue,” Sam Shepard's “State of Shock” and Lanford Wilson's “Burn This,” which he performed in New York, London and Los Angeles. He has directed numerous plays at Steppenwolf, including the celebrated “Balm in Gilead” in Chicago and off-Broadway, “The Caretaker” in Chicago and on Broadway, “Hysteria” and “Libra,” which Malkovich adapted from Don DeLillo's novel.
Malkovich has also acted in several acclaimed television productions and won an Emmy Award for his performance in the telefilm “Death of a Salesman” directed by Volker Schlöndorff and co-starring Dustin Hoffman. Other television credits including the recent miniseries “Napoleon” and the acclaimed HBO telefilm “RKO 281,” both of which garnered him Emmy Award nominations.
In addition to directing “The Dancer Upstairs,” Malkovich directed three fashion shorts (“Strap Hangings,” “Lady Behave,” “Hideous Man”) for London- based designer Bella Freud. In 2003, his French stage production of “Hysteria” was honored with five Moliere Award nominations, including best director.
Robin Wright Penn (Wealthow) made her debut in Rob Reiner's cult classic “The Princess Bride,” and has since become one of cinema's most acclaimed actors.
Wright Penn has received many kudos for her outstanding performances over the years. Two of her first nominations, a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild, came in 1995 for her unforgettable role as 'Jenny' opposite Tom Hanks in Robert Zemeckis' Best Picture Oscar® winner “Forrest Gump.” She earned her second Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Lead Actress in Nick Cassavetes' “She’s So Lovely,” and her third nomination for Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries in Fred Schepisi's “Empire Falls.” She has received three Independent Spirit nominations for her performances in Erin Dingman's “Loved” opposite William Hurt; Rodrigo Garcia's ensemble “Nine Lives” and Jeff Stanzler's “Sorry, Haters.” Additionally, Wright Penn starred in and served as an executive producer on Deborah Kampmeier's “Virgin,” which received an Independent Spirit nomination for Best First Feature (under $500,000) aka the "John Cassavetes Award."
Other film credits include Keith Gordon's “The Singing Detective” opposite Robert Downey Jr.; Peter Kosminsky's “White Oleander” with Alison Lohman; Anthony Drazan's “Hurlyburly” starring Kevin Spacey; Sean Penn's “The Pledge” opposite Jack Nicholson; Luis Mandoki's “Message in a Bottle” co-starring Kevin Costner and Paul Newman; M. Night Shyamalan's “Unbreakable,” which starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson; Pen Densham's “Moll Flanders” with Morgan Freeman; and Barry Levinson's “Toys” opposite Robin Williams. Most recently, Wright Penn appeared in the short film “Room 10” directed by Jennifer Aniston for Glamour magazine's "Reel Women Film Series."
Wright Penn most recently starred in Anthony Minghella's “Breaking and Entering” opposite Jude Law; and co-starred in Deborah Kampmeier's “Hounddog” opposite Dakota Fanning, which she executive-produced and premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
Wright Penn is currently directing a documentary on female surfers.
Brendan Gleeson (Wiglaf) was most recently seen as Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, the role he first played in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and reprised in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
Gleeson has been seen in more than 40 films since he made his debut in Jim Sheridan’s “The Field.” He then had small roles in films such as Mike Newell’s “Into the West” and Ron Howard’s “Far and Away” before landing the role of Hamish in Mel Gibson’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture “Braveheart.” He followed with the Neil Jordan films “Michael Collins” and “The Butcher Boy,” and also starred in the independent film “Angela Moody” produced by John Boorman.
In 1998, Boorman directed Gleeson in the role of real-life Irish folk hero Martin Cahill in the acclaimed biographical drama “The General.” For his performance, Gleeson won several acting honors, including the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. He has since collaborated with Boorman on “The Tailor of Panama,” “In My Country” and “The Tiger’s Tale.”
Gleeson’s additional credits include John Woo’s “Mission Impossible II,” “Harrison’s Flowers,” “Wild About Harry,” Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence,” Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later,” Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain,” Wolfgang Petersen’s “Troy,” M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village,” Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven,” Neil Jordan’s “Breakfast on Pluto” and “Black Irish.” On television, Gleeson stars in the title role of HBO’s upcoming “Churchill at War.”
Born in Ireland, Gleeson started out as a teacher but left the profession to pursue a career in acting, joining the Irish theater company Passion Machine. His stage credits include “King of the Castle,” “The Plough and the Stars,” “The Prayers of Sherkin,” “The Cherry Orchard” and “Juno and the Paycock” at the Gaiety Theatre, which was also presented at the Chicago Theatre Festival. In 2001, he returned to the stage at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre in Billy Roche’s play “On Such as We” directed by Wilson Milam.
Crispin Hellion Glover (Grendel) is a multifaceted American artist. He is primarily known as a film actor, but is also a publisher, filmmaker and author. His career has been marked by some portrayals of wonderfully eccentric people, such as George McFly in “Back to the Future” or Willard Stiles in “Willard.” In the late 1980s, Glover started his own publishing company Volcanic Eruptions, which turned in to a production company in the 1990's for his film works.
Born in New York City, Glover moved to Los Angeles at the age of three and a half. As a child, he attended the Mirman School for the academically gifted. His father, Bruce Glover, is an actor best remembered for playing the offbeat Spectre assassin Mr. Wint in the James Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever” and one of Jack Nicholson's hood assistants, Duffy, in “Chinatown.” Crispin Glover's first professional acting appearance was in 1978 in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in “The Sound of Music.” He played Friedrich Von Trapp to Florence Henderson’s Maria. He also appeared in some commercials and several sitcoms as a teenager, including “Happy Days” and “Family Ties.” His first film role was in 1983's “My Tutor.” He has a small role in “Racing With the Moon” opposite Sean Penn. He also played the title role in an AFI film “The Orly Kid,” in which he portrayed a young man whose obsession with Olivia Newton-John raises the ire of his small-town neighbors. Later that year he appeared in “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” (1984) and “Teachers.” His breakout performance came in Robert Zemeckis' “Back to the Future,” an international box office smash. Glover next starred in “River’s Edge.” From that point, Glover pursued a defiantly individualistic path. His characters were notable for their peculiar personality traits and unconventional thought processes. He played Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone's “The Doors” in 1991 and continued to play exceedingly eccentric types, e.g. the title characters in “Bartleby” (2001) and “Willard” (2003). He has received some mainstream attention recently as the Thin Man in the “Charlie's Angels” films
One of our most exciting and versatile young actresses, Alison Lohman (Ursula) first gained our attention with her acclaimed performance as Astrid in “White Oleander,” in which she starred opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger and Robin Wright Penn.
Lohman has been acting in professional theater since she was nine years old, starting with the role of Gretl Von Trapp in a local theater production of “The Sound of Music.” As a senior in high school, she was a National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts winner and was also offered a scholarship to NYU for Theater, but decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a film and television career.
Prior to “White Oleander,” Lohman starred opposite Mare Winingham in the telefilm “Sharing the Secret.”
Other film credits include starring opposite Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell in Ridley Scott’s “Matchstick Men,” opposite Ewan McGregor in Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” “The Big White” opposite Giovanni Ribisi and in Atom Egoyan’s “Where the Truth Lies” opposite Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth.
Lohman was recently seen in Michael Mayer’s “Flicka, “Delirious” opposite Michael Pitt and Susanne Bier’s “Things We Lost in the Fire” opposite Benicio Del Toro and Halle Berry.
Earlier this year, Academy Award® and three-time Golden Globe winner Angelina Jolie (Grendel’s Mother) starred opposite Dan Futterman in the searing story of Marianne and Daniel Pearl, “A Mighty Heart.” Prior to that, she starred opposite Matt Damon in “The Good Shepherd” directed by Robert DeNiro and with Brad Pitt in the action-comedy-romance “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” for director Doug Liman. In 2004, she starred in Oliver Stone’s epic “Alexander” with Colin Farrell, Val Kilmer and Anthony Hopkins, as well as the action/adventure “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” with Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. She also lent her voice to the animated feature “Shark Tale” along with Will Smith, Jack Black and Robert De Niro and starred in the thriller “Taking Lives” with Ethan Hawke.
Jolie reprised the lead role in “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” in 2003, and starred in the drama “Beyond Borders.” She starred in the romantic comedy “Life Or Something Like It” in 2002. Her work in 2001 includes Simon West’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” as well as “Original Sin” opposite Antonio Banderas. In 2000, Jolie, Nic Cage and Robert Duvall starred in “Gone in 60 Seconds” for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Jolie’s portrayal of a mental patient in “Girl, Interrupted” brought her an Academy Award®, her third Golden Globe Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Award and Best Supporting Actress awards from ShoWest and the Screen Actors Guild.
Prior to that, Jolie portrayed a rookie police officer opposite Denzel Washington’s veteran detective in the thriller “The Bone Collector” directed by Phillip Noyce. She also co-starred in Mike Newell’s “Pushing Tin’ with Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack. Jolie won the National Board of Review’s Award for Breakthrough Performance for “Playing by Heart,” a character-driven drama directed by Willard Carroll and starring Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands and Ellen Burstyn.
With the HBO film “Gia,” Jolie won critical praise as well as a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the supermodel who died from AIDS complications. She earned her first Emmy nomination for her work opposite Gary Sinise in director John Frankenheimer’s “George Wallace,” about the controversial Alabama governor. The film brought Jolie her first Golden Globe Award and Cable Ace nomination for her portrayal of Wallace’s second wife, Cornelia.
A member of the MET Theatre Ensemble Workshop, Jolie trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and has also studied with Jan Tarrant in New York and Silvana Gallardo in Los Angeles.
On August 27, 2001, Jolie was named Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), accepting the responsibility of meeting with and advocating for the protection of refugees on five continents.