Amazon Studios Announces Additional Anansi Boys Cast in Key Roles 

Amazon Studios today announced several new additions to the cast of Anansi Boys

 the highly anticipated series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s internationally beloved novel. The series is currently shooting in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy (Malachi Kirby)—sometimes known as Fat Charlie (it was his father’s nickname for him; he’s not fat)—a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that he was Anansi: Trickster God of stories (played by Delroy Lindo). And he learns that he has a brother. Now that brother, Spider (also played by Kirby), is entering Charlie’s life, determined to make it more interesting—but making it a lot more dangerous instead.

Anansi Boys is set throughout contemporary London and follows an exciting cast of characters in an epic story that stretches from the UK to Florida, the Caribbean and the mythical World Before Time. 

Josette Simon; Jacqueline Boatswain; Paterson Joseph

The cast announced today includes:

  • Jacqueline Boatswain will play Mrs. Noah, Rosie Noah’s mother. Mrs. Noah dislikes and disapproves of her daughter’s fiancé, Fat Charlie Nancy, a feeling that is mutually shared.
  • Josette Simon will play Chief Commissioner Camberwell, a career cop who has risen through the ranks the hard way. She’s tough, brilliant and plays by the rules. 
  • Paterson Joseph plays the Chief of Police on St Andrews. He does not appreciate cops on holiday on his island telling him what to do.
  • Johnny Vegas plays Morris Livingstone who once upon a time was one of the most famous comedians in the U.K. He died some years ago, but his presence lingers on.

About ANANSI BOYS:

  • Based on Neil Gaiman’s International Best-Selling novel of the same name, Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that his father was Anansi: trickster god of stories. And he learns that he has a brother. Now his brother, Spider, is entering Charlie’s life, determined to make it more interesting but making it a lot more dangerous.
  • Malachi Kirby has been cast as “Charlie Nancy” and “Spider
  • Delroy Lindo has been cast as “Mr. Nancy” – Charlie and Spider’s father who is Anansi the trickster, and a god.
  • Whoopi Goldberg has been cast in the role of “Bird Woman”, god of birds.
  • Previously announced cast also includes: Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn as “Rosie Noah”, Grace Saif as “Detective Constable Daisy Day”, Jason Watkins as “Grahame Coats”, Fiona Shaw as “Maeve Livingstone”, CCH Pounder as “Mrs. Higgler”, L. Scott Caldwell as “Mrs. Dunwiddy”, Joy Richardson as “Mrs. Bustamonte”, Lachele Carl as “Miss Noles”, Hakeem Kae-Kazim as “Tiger”, Emmanuel Ighodaro as “Lion”, Cecilia Nobel as “Elephant”, Ayanna Witter-Johnson as “Snake” and Don Gilet as “Monkey”.
  • Six-part series has started filming in Scotland and will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
  • 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 spin-off 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.
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