Famous actor and former heartthrob Hugh Grant, has been cast as the Greek Olympian god Zeus in Netflix’s new mythological series KAOS.

Filming is set to commence by the end of summer and Grant will embody a “seemingly all-powerful and desperately insecure” Zeus over his King of the Gods status.

The dark comedy will portray a “contemporary vision of a mythical world”, according to the IMDb description, written and directed by the highly acclaimed Charlie Covell

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be making KAOS and can’t think of a more exciting or dynamic team of people to bring everything to life,” Covell said while introducing the rest of the cast.

“I believe I’m still in shock at the news that Hugh Grant has agreed to play Zeus, this was my dream,” Covell added.

“He’s leading a stupendous cast of actors and we’re extremely honoured to have them all on board.”

Janet McTeer known from the series Ozark, Cliff Curtis from the Walking Dead and David Thewlis from The Sandman will join Grant.

Thewlis will play Zeus’ brother Hades, while McTeer will play the Queen of the Gods Hera, with Curtis being cast as the mighty Poseidon, God of the Sea.

Among the other names set to join BAFTA Award winner and twice Emmy nominee Grant are Nabhaan Rizwan (Station Eleven) as Zeus’ rebellious son Dionysus, Rakie Ayola (Alex Rider) and Stanley Townsend (Galavant) in undisclosed roles.

The Olympic name-drop also includes Billie Piper (Doctor Who) in a cameo, and Aurora Perrineau (Prodigal Son), Killian Scott (Ripper Street), Misia Butler (Kiss Me First) and Leila Farzad (I Hate Suzie) as disparate mortals who are “cosmically connected” to Zeus’ possible downfall.