Entertainment Weekly has published the first on-set photos from Starz TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. They show Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) having fisticuffs in Jack’s Crocodile Bar with Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane) watching from the bar.
“Neil created this wonderfully stuffed toy box filled with all sorts of cultural points of view on how American operates as a system, and that was so fascinating and mythological in and of itself,” says executive producer Bryan Fuller. “It’s really much more of an immigration story than it is a god story.”
The latest additions to the cast include Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) and Demore Barnes (12 Monkeys). Jones will play Mr Nancy, a manifestation of the West African trickster god Anansi. Barnes will appear as death-obsessed Mr Ibis, “the keeper of stories, past and present, and he recounts them with great relish,” who “takes Shadow under his wing.”
The story of American Gods is kind of supernatural road movie across America where the old traditional gods imported by a melting pop of immigrants are being replaced by new gods reflecting the modern world: money, technology, media, celebrity, drugs. Protagonist Shadow Moon is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr Wednesday, a conman who’s also one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
The cast also includes Gillian Anderson as Media, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Laura Moon, 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 (Malcolm In The Middle, Raising Hope), Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break), Chris Obi (Snow White And The Huntsman), Mousa Kraish (Superbad, Fast & Furious).