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Starz’s ‘American Gods’ Adds Crispin Glover, Jonathan Tucker

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Starz’s ‘American Gods’ Adds Crispin Glover, Jonathan Tucker

As reported by TV Line, Starz’s adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel “American Gods” has added two more names to its growing cast: Crispin Glover and Jonathan Tucker.

Glover, known for his roles in “Back to the Future” and the “Charlie’s Angels” film franchise, will portray the leader of the New Gods, Mr. World. The character is described as seemingly omniscient and “sometimes more challenged by his own subordinates than his enemies.”

Tucker (“Kingdom”) will star as Low-Key Lyesmith, described as “wiry and fast-talking, with an offbeat sense of humor.” He first appears in the story as the prison cellmate of protagonist Shadow (Ricky Whittle) that “has a theory for everything and gives Shadow some sage advice to ready him for the outside world.” The character is eventually revealed to be the Norse god Loki and, tying him to Glover’s character, another iteration of Mr. World.

“American Gods” follows an ex-convict, Shadow Moon, who is hired to be the bodyguard of a mysterious con man named Wednesday. 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.

Glover and Tucker join a cast comprised of Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane and Emily Browning. 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.

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