No sooner do Orlando Jones and Demore Barnes join the cast of “American Gods” than we get our first official look at the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s bestselling fantasy novel.
Entertainment Weekly has revealed photos of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) exchanging blows in Jack’s Crocodile Bar while an amused Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) watches. It’s of course a scene drawn from the early pages of Gaiman’s novel.
“American Gods” follows an ex-convict named Shadow Moon who, upon early release from prison, is hired as the bodyguard of a mysterious con man named Wednesday. 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.
“Neil created this wonderfully stuffed toy box filled with all sorts of cultural points of view on how American operates as a system, and that was so fascinating and mythological in and of itself,” executive producer Bryan Fuller tells EW. “It’s really much more of an immigration story than it is a god story.”
“American Gods” also stars Emily Browning as Shadow’s wife Laura; 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: Gillian Anderson as the new god Media; Orlando Jones as the West African trickster god Anansi/Mr. Nancy; and Demore Barnes as Mr. Ibis, better known as Thoth, the Egyptian god of knowledge and writing.
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