As part of its jam-packed Comic-Con International preview issue, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first look at Bruce Langley as Technical Boy in the upcoming Starz adaptation of “American Gods.”
However, as the magazine notes, viewers shouldn’t get too accustomed to that look, as the New God from Neil Gaiman’s bestselling fantasy novel will change each time he appears in the television series. “Every time you see the Technical Boy, he’ll be in something else, completely different regalia,” says co-showrunner Michael Green. “Like a lot of people in that period, he’s constantly trying on new looks and new personas.”
That’s a departure from the 2001 book, where the personification of the Internet was described as a fat young man with acne who wore a black trench coat (or, as EW says, “something of a pimply ‘Matrix’ fanboy”). The new look reflects not only changes in fashion but also technology.
“Technology has gone from something that was the province of the young to something ubiquitous and in your pocket, and the aesthetics of that have changed,” Green says. “Technology very much has a tie into fashion, which goes in cycles and changes overnight. What’s in fashion, technologically, and what’s in fashion, in fashion, are minute to minute and you can’t possibly keep up. And we look to the Technical Boy to be someone who’s very much a victim of both. The idea of feeling like you have to feed the beast of what’s new and what’s fresh is very much in his mind.”
“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.
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; 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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