‘American Gods’ Starts Production With First Photos, Cloris Leachman and More
It’s taken an eon to finally descend from Olympus, but Starz and Bryan Fuller’s take on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is finally going before cameras. Starz has announced the official start of production with new cast photos, while stars Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare and more join the roster.
Per the network’s official announcement, production has at last commenced in Toronto, adding to the cast iconic sitcom star Cloris Leachman, Fargo favorite Peter Stormare Snow White and the Huntsman star Chris Obi and Suberbad alum Mousa Kraish. Leachman will portray Zorya Vechernyaya, eldest of three sisters who watch over the constellations, while Stormare plays Czernobog, A Slavic god of darkness and evil, along with Obi as Egyptian god Anubis, and Kraish as The Jinn, a mythical creature who understands a person’s desires better than they do.
In addition to Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Jonathan Tucker as Low-Key Lyesmith, 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. 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?