A lot has changed since we last talked about the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods…
So way back in 2011, when news broke of Gaiman’s novel heading to TV screens everywhere, the story involved the need to write more books, six seasons worth of show, and you needing an HBO subscription. In the years to follow HBO brought in several writers to adapt the project, before eventually abandoning it in 2014. In 2015, Starz announced that they had now picked up the rights and would have the first season out sometime next year. In charge of things are co-showrunners Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes).
Before we get any further, many of you may now be wondering – what the Hell is American Gods? Well, for those who haven’t read it, here’s a brief description;
The drama centers on a war brewing between old and new gods: The traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world are steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a con man but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation for a battle with the new deities.
And if the description isn’t enough, the cast they are assembling should at the least spike interest. Our lead, Shadow Moon is being played by Ricky Whittle of The CW’s The 100.
And while we have nothing against Mr. Whittle, it’s actually the other cast members that have us more excited. Let’s start with Mr. Wednesday, for whom Shadow plays bodyguard to. This role, in what is being called ‘perfect casting’ belongs to Mr. Ian McShane. For those new to the site, we are huge fans of the former Deadwood star, who has also had great turns in Hot Rod, John Wick, Ray Donovan, Kings, and is set to appear in the coming season of Game of Thrones. Hell, he was even good in the fourth Pirates movie, and that sucked.
After McShane comes the role of Mr. World, adversary to Mr. Wednesday, and played by none other than
George McFly Crispin Glover. Glover is best known for his role as Marty’s dad in 1985’s (best movie ever made) Back to the Future. But in the decades since he has starred in a remake of the 1971 classic Willard, lost an arm in Hot Tub Time Machine, and was one of the few redeeming qualities of the first Charlie’s Angels movie.
Next up, playing Low Key Lyesmith, is one of the most underrated character actors working today; Jonathan Tucker. And while you might not know his name, you’ll probably recognize his face. Over the twenty years he has appeared in Sleepers, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Hostage, The Black Donnellys, Parenthood, Kingdom (on Starz), and even did two episodes of Hannibal with AG showrunner Bryan Fuller. Most notably of his recent credits though, is probably his role as Boone in the final season of Justified.
The role of Shadow’s wife, Laura Moon had been given to Emily Browning, most famous for the excellent A Series of Unfortunate Events and the not-so-great Sucker Punch, and the mediocre Pompeii. Browning feels like a good actress who has been hampered by some bad movies, but this role could be the boost to really jump-start her career.
American Gods will premiere in 2017 on Starz, and could eventually be a nice replacement for Game of Thrones as HBO winds that series down of the next couple of years.
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Universal Pictures, The CW, and Warner Bros.