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Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Expands Its Cast

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Starz’s “American Gods” has cast three more deities in its growing pantheon.

Sean Harris (“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”), Yetide Badaki (“Masters of Sex”) and Bruce Langley (“Deadly Waters”) will be series regulars in the hotly anticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy novel.

The drama 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 Internet, media and credit cards.

Harris will play down-on-his-luck leprechaun Mad Sweeney; Badaki will portray ancient goddess of love Bilquis, who craves the worship she once received; and Langley will appear as Technical Bogy, a new god who’s hungry for respect and power, and dangerously unpredictable.

The announcement of their additions follows the casting last week of Emily Browning as Shadow’s wife Laura Moon.

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the writers and showrunners, with David Slade on board to direct the pilot and additional episodes. Gaiman will join all three as an executive producer.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)