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Gillian Anderson Channels Marilyn Monroe in ‘American Gods’ Photo

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Gillian Anderson Channels Marilyn Monroe in ‘American Gods’ Photo

Mere days after “American Gods” co-showrunner Bryan Fuller teased that Gillian Anderson‘s character manifests as a mysterious “pop culture icon” in her second appearance on the series, we now have a pretty good idea who that is.

The “X-Files” veteran has tweeted an intriguing photo from the set of the Starz fantasy drama, in which she appears to be donning a blonde wig as Marilyn Monroe. “We’ll be telling this story,” she wrote.

In the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy novel, Anderson plays Media, a New God who assumes the forms of different celebrities and thrives on the worship people lavish on their television, computer and smartphone screens. When readers first meet Media in the book, she’s manifested as an F-bomb-dropping Lucy Ricardo from “I Love Lucy.”

“American Gods” follows an ex-convict named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) who, upon early release from prison, is hired as the bodyguard of a mysterious con man named Wednesday (Ian McShane). However, it’s soon revealed that Wednesday is an incarnation of All-Father Odin, who’s traveling America recruiting his fellow forgotten deities to wage an epic battle against the new American gods — manifestations of modern life and technology, like the internet, media and credit cards.

Produced and written by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, the series also stars Emily Browning as Shadow’s wife Laura; Pablo Schreiber as the down-on-his-luck leprechaun Mad Sweeney; Yetide Badaki as the love goddess Bilquis; Bruce Langley as petulant god Technology Boy; Jonathan Tucker as Shadow’s philosophical adviser Low-Key Lyesmith; Crispin Glover as the seemingly omniscient Mr. World; Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, the eldest of three sisters who watch over the constellations; Peter Stormare as Czernobog, the Slavic god of darkness and evil; Chris Obi as Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead; and Mousa Kraish as The Jinn.

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