Beowulf comes to TV in first trailer for Esquire network's new original series

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Dec 18, 2015, 2:50 PM EST

You can’t keep a good epic down, and now Beowulf is getting another shot at life on the Esquire network. 

The series, a 13-episode co-production with ITV, is billed as a new retelling of the epic legend, where a haunted warrior finds new foes beyond the Mudborn and within his kinsmen. The series stars Kieran Bew, William Hurt and Joanne Whalley. Bew plays the disillusioned and damaged hero, and judging by the first trailer, they’re trying to tap into that lower-budget Game of Thrones vibe (in a good way, for the most part).

Here’s an excerpt from the official synopsis:

Unwittingly in search of a cause to believe in and a community to fight for, Beowulf finds himself wrongly accused of murder and hunts down the true perpetrator to avenge the death of his fellow kinsmen. Beowulf becomes Herot’s tough but unconventional hero, responsible for upholding the law and protecting the town from danger. The last of a dying breed, Beowulf is a man capable of shaping the world around him by his actions and force of will. While this may seem like a familiar tale, Beowulf unearths the full story of the complicated, driven man behind the lore. 

Check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think:

Beowulf premieres Jan. 23 on Esquire.

(Via Coming Soon)