Starz’s ‘American Gods’ Sets Crispin Glover For a Date With Density
Having only recently table read, it could be some time before Starz’s American Gods delivers any real first look, but Bryan Fuller’s cast continually proves itself worthy of Olympus. Latest to join the series in God-ly roles are none other than Jonathan Tucker and Back to the Future icon Crispin Glover, but as whom?
Per TVLine, Tucker will take the tellingly-named role of Low-Key Lyesmith (you can see why for yourself), first and foremost a prison cellmate and philosophical advisor to leading man Shadow Moon. The character is also identified as “wiry and fast-talking, with an offbeat sense of humor” and someone who “has a theory for everything and gives Shadow some sage advice to ready him for the outside world.”
As to Glover, the erstwhile George McFly will take the role of Mr. World, leader to the so-called New Gods, an omniscient figure described as “sometimes more challenged by his own subordinates than his enemies.”
In addition to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation baddie Harris as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis and Bruce Langley as “Technical Boy,” Gods features The 100 star Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednedsay and Emily Browning as Shadow’s wife Laura Moon.
For those unfamiliar with Sandman creator Gaiman’s novel, American Gods follows ex-convict Shadow Moon, who partners up with mysterious con-man Mr. Wednesday (secretly a god himself), becoming embroiled in a battle between classic mythological gods who have fallen out of style, and the “new” American gods based on greed, technology and celebrity.
Hannibal creator Fuller and Heroes alum Michael Green will write and and showrun the series, with Gaiman acting as EP (and writing a few episodes), produced by FremantleMedia North America, and shooting set to begin in Toronto in April. As with Hannibal, David Slade will also direct episodes (including the pilot), as well as produce.
We’ll hear plenty more casting in the coming months, but what else might we expect from Starz and Fuller’s adaptation of American Gods?