I know I’m several days behind this one, but I’m only one person covering the mass hysteria that is Comic Con.
The new series coming to Starz based on the Neil Gaiman novel has everyone, including myself, super excited. I have been reading the massive tale for a little over a month now and I’m about a third of the way thru. American Gods was one of those books that has been on my shelf for a few years waiting for me to find the time for it, but in the end it was the news of casting that had me finally picking it up. It is a strange and beautifully creative story that I try to dive into every chance I get.
The cast and crew for the series came to SDCC armed with the first trailer. Take a look:
The book follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), who was incarcerated for bank robbery. He is released from prison a few days early because his wife, Laura (Emily Browning), was killed in a car accident. On the plane ride back home, Shadow meets a man who calls himself Wednesday (Ian McShane). The mysterious man is embarking on a journey around America and needs someone like Shadow to help him with his cause.
Now if you are vaguely familiar with the story, then you know Wednesday is the Norse God Odin. He is gathering the old Gods to do battle with the new Gods to regain their relevancy. The book introduces several gods such as Thoth (the Egyptian god of knowledge), Anubis (Egyptian god of the dead), Loki (Norse god of mischief), Czernobog (Slavic god of darkness), and the Zorya sisters (representatives of the morning star, the evening star, and the midnight star) along with so many others. The newer gods are things we have come to worship in our current society. Media, Celebrity, Technology, and the like.
What will be great about the series is the other gods briefly mentioned will be given more time than the book could allow. The back stories and mythology of these beings are seriously fascinating. I found myself researching many of them because the book didn’t have the space to cover everything. Also the series giving these characters more depth has inspired Gaiman to write a sequel for American Gods that will include tales he researched (and wrote outlines for), but couldn’t find a way of incorporating them into the narrative.
The casting for these roles so far looks spot on. McShane just has that presence of the All Father. Pablo Schreiber looks like a crazy leprechaun (even though that is not exactly his character, just what he tells Shadow). Any time Crispin Glover can play a bizarre and unhinged character is awesome and Mr. World is pretty out there (and a little terrifying). Kristin Chenoweth as Easter! Can that casting get any more perfect? Not to mention Gillian Anderson, Orlando Jones, Cloris Leachman, and Peter Stormare.
American Gods comes to Starz in 2017. No official start date has been given, but I will be waiting.
Are you excited for this fascinating new show? Let me know in the comments section.