Kaos: cast, plot and everything we know

Jeff Goldlbum on the Late Late Show with James Corden on June 23, 2022.
Jeff Goldblum has replaced Hugh Grant as the new lead actor on Kaos. (Image credit: Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)

Kaos is a new series coming to Netflix that promises to show us a different side to the Greek gods we're so familiar with.

The Netflix series is the latest from writer and actor Charlie Covell, who most recently wrote the critically acclaimed black comedy-drama The End of the F***ing World.

This intriguing, eight-episode epic promises to introduce us to the world of Greek mythology brought up to date for the modern world. The cast list was first revealed on June 29, but there's already been a big shake-up in that department over availability issues. 

If you're a fan of dark comedy or Greek mythology, Kaos is sure to be an unmissable series. Here's everything we know about Kaos so far...

Kaos release date

Netflix has not yet announced when Kaos will hit our screens just yet.

Who's in the Kaos cast?

Kaos has an absolutely stacked cast. Initially, the series was set to be helmed by British icon, Hugh Grant, who was set to play the King of the Gods, Zeus.

However, Deadline has reported that Hugh Grant had to step away from the project just a couple of weeks after the cast was revealed due to his availability. 

Grant will be replaced by another huge star: Jeff Goldblum, who was last seen in Jurassic World: Dominion. According to the cast announcement, Goldblum's version of Zeus is "desperately insecure and vengeful". After discovering a wrinkle on his forehead, the King of the Gods is set onto a paranoid path as he's convinced his fall from grace is finally coming. 

Goldblum is far from the only big name in Kaos, though. David Thewlis (Landscapers) is on board as Zeus's brother, Hades, who is losing his own control over the underworld as a number of wandering souls are growing restless waiting to be processed. 

Janet McTeer (Ozark) will play Hera, Queen of the Gods, who will be forced into action as her power over her husband continues to wane as his neuroses sets in.

Nabhaan Rizwan (Station Eleven) will feature as Zeus' rebellious son Dionysus, who's said to be on course for a cosmic collision with his own father. 

Avatar: The Way of Water star Cliff Curtis is also on hand as Poseidon. The God of Sea, Storms, Earthquakes and Horses, Poseidon is ignoring Earth's calls for change and is instead concerned more with his superyacht and finding the next party spot. 

The gods' inaction isn't going to go unchallenged, though, as there are four mortals who are all connected to the battle against Zeus in some way. Riddy (played by Aurora Perrineau), Orpheus (Killian Scott), Canues (Misia Butler) and Ari (Leila Farzad) might come from very different walks of life, but any of them might be destined to bring Zeus down.

Billie Piper (I Hate Suzie) is also set to appear in a cameo role. Stanley Townsend (The Current War) and Rakie Ayola (The Pact) have also been announced, but their roles in are still undisclosed.

Kaos plot

Although Kaos was first announced back in 2020, we haven't learned too much about it in the meantime.

The Netflix listing for Kaos explains the show is a "genre-bending series [that] puts a modern twist on Greek and Roman mythology, exploring themes of gender politics, power and life in the underworld."

Deadline's cast announcement elaborated a little bit more on the show. Per their report, Kaos is: "billed as a bold, darkly comic, contemporary take on Greek mythology, exploring love, power and life in the underworld."

"Nothing is sacred in Covell's bold reinvention of Greek myths (thick tracksuits not togas), except the treachery and arrogance of a bunch of inconstant gods and their cosmic machinations".

Is there a trailer for Kaos?

Given we know that the show is set to enter production this summer and we've only just learned who's in the cast, it's unlikely we'll be seeing a trailer anytime soon.

As soon as one arrives, we'll update this guide.

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.