As production commences on Starz’ 10-episode adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel American Gods, Gaiman has been on-set tweeting pics while the PR department has been busy announcing new members of the cast.
The show is about an ex-convict, Shadow Moon, who unwillingly becomes involved in a war between the old Gods imported to American by immigrants and new Gods of modern world; the Gods of celebrity, drugs and media.
Cloris Leachman (Malcolm in The Middle, Raising Hope) will play plays Zorya Vechernyaya, the eldest of three sisters who watch over the constellations, guarding against horrors forgotten by modern man. Once accustomed to royal status, the sisters have learned to survive on far less in a country that has no memory of them.
Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break) will play Czernobog, a Slavic god of darkness and evil, who is reluctant to join the coming war.
Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counselor) will play Anubis (he’s one we bet you’ve heard of), the ancient Egyptian god of the dead, gently guiding mortals through the judgment of their souls.
Mousa Kraish (Superbad, Fast & Furious) will play The Jinn, a mythical creature of the fire who understands a person’s deepest desires better than they do. He fears for his safety with the coming war, and considers fleeing America.
They join Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Mr Wednesday (who hires Moon as a bodyguard), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Laura Moon, Sean Harris (The Borgias) as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back To The Future) as Mr World and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) as Low Key Lyesmith. That is, we have to say, one hell of a cast.
Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (The River, Kings) are head writers and showrunners. David Slade (Hannibal, 30 Days of Night) is directing the pilot and additional episodes.
And here’s what Gaiman had to Tweet:
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) April 21, 2016
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) April 20, 2016