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Gillian Anderson Joins American Gods Season 1

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The upcoming television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, “American Gods” has officially added Gillian Anderson to the cast! Starz and FremantleMedia North America are currently in production for the 10-episode first season of “American Gods” and Anderson is being reported to take on the role of Media, a sort of supernatural publicist for the New Gods who takes the form of different celebrities.

“American Gods” follows a world where there is a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

The rest of the cast for “American Gods” includes Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Laura Moon, Sean Harris (The Borgias) as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr World, and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) as Low Key Lyesmith. Also appearing are Cloris Leachman (Malcom in The Middle, Raising Hope), Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break), Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counselor), and Mousa Kraish (Superbad, Fast & Furious).

The addition of Anderson is a reunion for the actress and executive producer Bryan Fuller, with whom she worked on “Hannibal.” Fuller also serves as a writer and showrunner alongside Michael Green. David Slade is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Adaptation Has Found Its Lead

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The adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s epic fantasy novel American Gods has finally found the actor for its lead character! Ricky Whittle, who currently stars on CW Network’s The 100, will play the story’s main protagonist, Shadow Moon.

American Gods follows Moon, an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to a con artist known as Mr. Wednesday—a man who is not who he seems. However, there is more going on in this world. There are only men and gods. Among the latter are the traditionals, deities from around the world born from mythological roots. Then there are the new gods, an upstart pantheon of divine beings who reflect society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. As believers steadily trickle away from the old to follow the new, a war begins to brew. Moon finds himself with Wednesday in the middle of that war on a cross country mission to gather forces and partake in a battle against the new deities.

Bryan Fuller, known for spectacular shows like “Hannibal” and “Pushing Daisies” will serve as a writer and co-showrunner alongside Michael Green known for his work on “The River” and “Heroes.” David Slade (Hannibal, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is directing the pilot and several other episodes.

 

 

Fuller and Green were very excited about the casting of Whittle. They said,

“We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon, and we are lucky to have found Ricky. Fans of the novel will find he has every bit of the heart of the character they fell in love with.”

Gaiman also praised the casting decision. He said,

“I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable,” Gaiman said in a Starz press release. “The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”

Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman.

 

FremantleMedia Takes Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

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The small screen adaptation of “American Gods” is finally moving forward. FremantleMedia announced earlier this month that they have secured the rights to the fantasy novel written by Neil Gaiman.

The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

The project was first announced back in 2011 when Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone were planning on bringing the project to HBO. At the moment, there are no specific details available as to how exactly FreemantleMedia is planning to adapt the book, but check back for updates as soon as they become available.

Gaiman will serve as executive producer of the television series adaptation.

In Gaiman I Trust-“American Gods” Series Coming to HBO

Despite all of the doomsayers, I have to say that I am very, very certain that the world will not end in December of 2012.  It can’t, because, for the first time in my life, I am definitely considering subscribing to HBO.  According to published reports, sometime in 2013, HBO will be airing a series based on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. This is probably hardly news at this point, as the Geek world resonated with the fans who saw that on the internet squealing “yes!” with girlish glee, regardless of actual age, gender, or physical appearance. Continue reading