Amazon Studios Today Announced That Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn and Grace Saif Join Cast of Amazon Studio’s Anansi Boys
The six-part limited series has begun filming in Scotland and will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
The series is an adaption of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel of the same name. It follows Charlie, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father, Mr Nancy. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that his father was Anansi: the trickster god of stories. He learns that he has a brother, Spider who on entering Charlie’s life turn it upside down.
Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn has been cast as Rosie Noah, a teacher and Fat Charlie’s fiancée. She is cheerful, wise, good-humoured, and kind; if it
wasn’t for her terrifying mother, she’d be perfect.
Grace Saif has been cast as Detective Constable Daisy Day, who finds
herself deep into several intersecting police cases, including a murder.
She’s smart, efficient, determined, and very funny.
Malachi Kirby in a dual lead role as Charlie Nancy and his brother Spider.
Delroy Lindo has been cast as Mr. Nancy, Charlie and Spider’s father who is Anansi the trickster god.
About St. Aubyn and Saif’s casting, Gaiman says: “When you are
casting something on the scale of Anansi Boys you need female leads
who are as accomplished, charming, and brilliant as, well, Malachi
Kirby in both his incarnations. Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn and Grace Saif
are those women. [They’re] both funny, honest, brilliant actresses,
and you will fall in love with both of them.”
Gaiman, Sir Lenny Henry, Douglas Mackinnon, Hanelle M. Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones (Endor Productions), and Richard Fee (RED Production Company) are executive producers. Gaiman and Henry will also write for the series. Culpepper will direct the pilot. Gaiman and Mackinnon will serve as co-showrunners.
Anansi Boys is a stand-alone story, not a sequel or spinoff of Gaiman’s novel American Gods. The book’s story was originally developed in conversation between Gaiman and Henry with the series adaptation reuniting the collaboration between the pair. The show is produced by Amazon Studios, The Blank Corporation, Endor Productions, and RED Production company. Gaiman has an overall deal with Amazon Studios.
Racheal Ofori will also write and Jermain Julien will direct episodes.
Actor Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn is best known for her leading role in Steve McQueen’s London- set anthology series, Small Axe, for the BBC and Amazon. Amarah-Jae stars as the lead of her film, Lovers Rock. Amarah-Jae is repped by Julian Belfrage Associates
Grace Saif trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre credits include: Athena (The Yard Theatre), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar Theatre), Saint George and The Dragon (Lyndsey Turner), Mary Stuart (Almeida), Antony & Cleopatra (Gate Theatre). Television credits include: Doctors (BBC), 13 Reasons Why – Seasons Three and Four (Netflix). Grace is repped by Conway van Gelder Grant.