Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Series Casts The 100’s Ricky Whittle As Shadow Moon

American Gods has nabbed itself a British star. Oldham-born ex-Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle (who’s recently been getting a whole new fanbase on the US YA show The 100) has been cast in the lead role of ex-convict turned Norse God errand boy Shadow Moon in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel.

The 100  -- Image: HU02_LINCOLN_1422 -- Pictured: Ricky Whittle as Lincoln -- Photo: Frank Ockenfels 3/The CW -- © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


“I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow,” says Neil Gaiman. “His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be ‘coming to America’. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”

“We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon,” says producers Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (The River, Kings, Heroes) in a joint statement, “And we are lucky to have found Ricky. Fans of the novel will find he has every bit of the heart of the character they fell in love with.”

In the novel there’s a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Shadow Moon is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

The TV series, which starts shooting in April, is being showrun by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. David Slade (Hannibal, 30 Days Of Night) is directing the pilot and additional episodes.


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