Starz’s ‘American Gods’ Gets a ‘Technical’ Upgrade in New Photo
The cast of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is an eclectic one, to say the least, while the first photos of Bryan Fuller’s Starz adaptation offered a taste of this wild, weird and colorful world. If you want to get Technical, take a look at the newest photo ahead of Comic-Con 2016, as Technical Boy gets a (retro) upgrade for 2017.
Following the prior looks at Shadow Moon, Mad Sweeney and Mr. Wednesday, Entertainment Weekly offered a glimpse of Bruce Langley as the Starz drama’s iteration of “Technical Boy,” a far cry from the portly Matrix-wannabe of the books. The internet has certainly changed since Gaiman first wrote the character in 2001, understandably coloring a newer (albeit Commodore 64-inspired) evolution of the character, something executive producer Michael Green explains thusly:
Technology has gone from something that was the province of the young to something ubiquitous and in your pocket, and the aesthetics of that have changed. Technology very much has a tie into fashion, which goes in cycles and changes overnight. What’s in fashion, technologically, and what’s in fashion, in fashion, are minute to minute and you can’t possibly keep up. And we look to the Technical Boy to be someone who’s very much a victim of both. The idea of feeling like you have to feed the beast of what’s new and what’s fresh is very much in his mind. […]
Every time you see the Technical Boy, he’ll be in something else, completely different regalia. Like a lot of people in that period, he’s constantly trying on new looks and new personas.
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.
We’ll hear more next week at Comic-Con 2016, but what else might we expect from Starz and Fuller’s adaptation of American Gods? How do the latest photos look?