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SDCC: Gillian Anderson is Marilyn Monroe in New ‘American Gods’ Image

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SDCC: Gillian Anderson is Marilyn Monroe in New ‘American Gods’ Image

Gillian Anderson wasn’t at Comic-Con International on Friday for the “American Gods” panel, but the “X-Files” veteran made up for it by revealing a full photo of herself as Media in the upcoming Starz drama.

Make that a photo of herself as Media … channeling Marilyn Monroe.

Anderson teased fans earlier this month with an image that suggested her character, a New God who thrives on the worship people lavish on their television, computer and smartphone screens, would assume the form of the late film icon. In Neil Gaiman’s bestselling fantasy novel, on which the series is based, she first appears as an F-bomb-dropping Lucy Ricardo from “I Love Lucy” who talks to the main character from the TV.

“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; Mousa Kraish as The Jinn; and Kristin Chenoweth as Easter, the Germanic goddess of the dawn.

“American Gods” premieres in 2017 on Starz.

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