Dane Cook Joins Starz’s ‘American Gods’ in Shadow-y New Role
Starz and Bryan Fuller’s American Gods has gone far enough into production for photos and a first trailer to arrive next week, that we wouldn’t necessarily expect any more significant additions to the cast. Not so, apparently, as comedian Dane Cook has apparently snagged a role in the new series, set to bow in 2017. Yes, Dane Cook.
Per Deadline, Cook will take the likely early role as Shadow Moon’s friend Robbie, someone who promises to hold the man’s job while Shadow serves time in prison. The married Robbie also serves as a shoulder for Laura to cry on in Shadow’s absence, but before you pull a muscle grimacing at Cook’s casting, know that the book provides a fitting role for the loudmouth comedian. We’ll leave it at that.
In addition to Pablo Schreiber stepping in for Sean Harris, Gillian Anderson as Media, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, Jonathan Tucker as Low-Key Lyesmith, 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 Neil 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. As with Hannibal, David Slade also directed episodes (including the pilot), as well as produce.