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Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ to Recast Mad Sweeney

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Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ to Recast Mad Sweeney

Just two weeks into production, the Starz adaptation of “American Gods” has been forced to recast on its key roles.

According to Deadline, Sean Harris, who signed on in March as down-on-his-luck leprechaun Mad Sweeney, has dropped out of the series for personal reasons. He had so far only appeared in a few scenes, which will be reshot with a new actor.

The site also contends original director of photography Brendan Glavin has been replaced by Jo Willems (“The Hunger Games”) after production began to fall behind schedule — something attributed to Glavin and director David Slade “not being completely in sync.” Slade and Willems are longtime collaborators.

Based on the bestselling fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman, “American Gods” follows an ex-convict named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) who, upon early release from prison, is hired to be 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.

The cast also includes 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; and Mousa Kraish as The Jinn.

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

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