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Starz’s ‘American Gods’ Finds Its Shadow Moon

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Starz has cast Ricky Whittle in the lead role of “American Gods,” its upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s bestselling fantasy novel.

Best known to U.S. audiences for his role on “The 100,” the “Hollyoaks” alum will play ex-convict Shadow Moon who, upon early release from prison, is hired to be the bodyguard of a mysterious con man named Wednesday.

However, it’s soon revealed that Wednesday is an incarnation of All-Father Odin, who’s traveling America recruiting his fellow forgotten deities to wage an epic battle against the new American gods — manifestations of modern life and technology, like Internet, media and credit cards.

Production of the series was contingent upon the casting of Shadow. With Whittle in place, Deadline reports “American Gods” will begin filming in April.

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the writers and showrunners, with David Slade on board to direct the pilot and additional episodes. Gaiman will join all three as an executive producer.

Comments

  • Menasyng

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. American Gods is my favorite contemporary book.

  • S. Morrissey

    I know how I feel around this. THIS casting is 100% WRONG! “Recently released from a three year prison sentence, is 32 years old, but look younger, around 25-28. He is constantly described as a large man, he is about 6’2″ and worked out a lot in prison.” This guy is NOT him

  • SorryNotSorry

    Yummy.

  • Brandon McKinnis

    Why he’s basically exactly as described by the book.

  • JasonMBryant

    Are you making a joke? I’m looking at the guy’s IMDB page, and he seems to fit that description word for word.

  • Twihard

    I’ve read the book, but come one, the reveal of who Wednesday is is a spoiler.

  • Lucy H

    This guy is 34 but looks younger, is 6’2″ and is presumably capable of working out. It’s not like they cast Gwyneth Paltrow.

  • Jen

    LucyH your comment wins this comment thread!

  • Stella Luna

    If you’re at all familiar with Norse mythology, Wednesday being Odin should come as no surprise. (Old English Wōdnesdæg ‘day of Odin,’ named after the Germanic god Odin or Woden, the supreme god.) Many, if not most, of the characters that represent the old gods aren’t hard to figure out once you think about their names and what they do. I don’t think that’s much of a spoiler, really.

  • Stella Luna

    If you’re at all familiar with Norse mythology, Wednesday being Odin should come as no surprise. (Old English Wōdnesdæg ‘day of Odin,’ named after the Germanic god Odin or Woden, the supreme god.) Many, if not most, of the characters that represent the old gods aren’t hard to figure out once you think about their names and what they do. I don’t think that’s much of a spoiler, really.

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  • Stella Luna

    I’d love to see Jennifer Coolidge as Easter! She’s who I picture in my mind every time I read the book (I’m up to six, LOL!)
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1897896448/nm0177639

  • Bri | eatmeetswest

    I think he’s perfectly fine casting, but I’m nervous about the show on the whole because it’s my favourite book too. But the people working on it seem really dedicated and passionate, so its in the best hands it can be.