Gerard Butler to play BeowulfToronto. The Film Works, Eurasia Motion Pictures, Goodweird Inc, Spice Factory and Bjolfskvida are pleased to announce that Gerard Butler (Timeline, Phantom of the Opera) has signed to play the lead role of Beowulf in the part-fable, part-horror story BEOWULF & GRENDEL, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson (Rare Birds, Such A Long Journey), written by Andrew Rai Berzins (Scorn, Cowboys and Indians).