Veteran actor Crispin Glover has been chosen to play the flamboyant, over-the-top role of Grendel in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of the epic poem BEOWULF, which is currently in active preproduction and slated for a 2007 release.
“I just went in this week to read for the part,” Glover told Fango this past weekend on the set of his latest horror film, SIMON SAYS. “It isn’t finalized at this point, but it all seems to be going real well.”
In BEOWULF, scripted by genre veterans Roger (PULP FICTION) Avary and Neil (SANDMAN) Gaiman and to be created through the CGI/motion-capture technology Zemeckis used on POLAR EXPRESS, Grendel is an alternately violent and lustful foe of the warrior Beowulf, and Glover sees a lot of potential in the role. “From an acting point of view, it will allow me to do a lot of different things,” he says. “I can show a lot of facets and different sides of this character's personality. This is definitely a good role. I don’t see anything negative about it.”
This will not be the first time Glover and Zemeckis have worked together. The actor, best known to genre fans for his roles in WILLARD and FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER, played George McFly in the filmmaker’s 1985 fantasy/comedy smash BACK TO THE FUTURE. Look for more on Glover and SIMON SAYS on this site soon, and check out an interview with Glover on his bizarre directorial debut WHAT IS IT? in Fango #244.