Starz has announced we will all be able to watch the live action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods on April 30th.
“American Gods” posits a different kind of war brewing—one between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the New Gods. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory.
The cast for this series is huge including Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon; Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday; Emily Browning as Laura Moon and Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney.
Other cast members include Yetide Badaki as Bilquis; Bruce Langley as Technical Boy; Crispin Glover as Mr. World and Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy.
Additional cast include Gillian Anderson as Media; Kristin Chenoweth as Easter; Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith; Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya; Peter Stormare as Czernobog; Chris Obi as Anubis; Demore Barnes as Mr. Ibis, Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan and Mousa Kraish as The Jinn.
Seeing the IMDB page for American Gods gives me hope that we’ll see a more direct adaptation of the book, though I still wonder how many of the side tales we will get in the final product. My understanding is the first season ends at the meeting on The House on the Rock.
If you haven’t read American Gods, do yourself a favor and grab a copy now – either in print form or on audio book, and get to reading now. You will thank yourself, and by the time you finish, Starz will have the series ready to go for you.