The pantheon of Starz’s “American Gods” adaptation continues to grow. Entertainment Weekly reports that “Sleepy Hollow” star Orlando Jones and “12 Monkeys'” Demore Barnes have joined the cast.
Jones will play Mr. Nancy, a manifestation of the West African trickster god Anansi; in the novel, Nancy befriends protagonist Shadow during his visit to the House on the Rock. The character also featured in author Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” spin-off follow-up, “Anansi Boys.”
Barnes will appear as death-obsessed Mr. Ibis, “the keeper of stories, past and present, and he recounts them with great relish,” who “takes Shadow under his wing.”
Based on the bestselling fantasy novel, “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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