Joy Richardson Joins Amazon’s Anansi Boys Cast

Amazon Studios Announces Additional Anansi Boys Cast in Key Roles.

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

Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy (Malachi Kirby), sometimes known as Fat Charlie (his father’s nickname for him – he’s not fat) is a young man used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But when his father played by Delroy Lindo dies, Charlie discovers that his father was Anansi: trickster god of stories. And he learns that he has a brother – Spider (also played by Kirby), who enters 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. 

Neil Gaiman, co-showrunner and EP says: “The sheer amount of acting talent on Anansi Boys, is such that I keep pinching myself to make certain I’m not dreaming it. I can’t wait until the world sees what we’re making!”

Hanelle M. Culpepper, director and EP commented: “It’s such a thrill to work with this cast whom I have long admired.  Each one brings so much magic to the screen and life to the story.

Malachi Kirby as Darcus Howe in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe – Picture courtesy of Amazon

The cast announced today rounds out the world of Charlie in London and Florida and includes:

Joy Richardson (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Small Axe – Red, White, and Blue, The Long Song) has been cast as Mrs. Bustamonte, Mrs. Dunwiddy’s sidekick in the kitchen—and in the world.

Other cast additions include –

CCH Pounder (NCIS: New Orleans, Avatar, The Shield, ER) who will play Mrs. Higgler, the matriarch of her clan, an old family friend of Charlie’s. She knew Charlie’s father when she was a girl and knows the secrets that Mr. Nancy has been keeping from Charlie. She lives in Florida, but her heart is on the Island.

L. Scott Caldwell (Lost, The Fugitive) takes on the role of Mrs. Dunwiddy. She’s 104 years old, and a bit of a witch. She knows all the local secrets and may have been responsible for more than anyone suspects.

Lachele Carl (Wednesday, The Honorable Woman, Doctor Who) will play Miss Noles, the youngest of the Floridian Weird Sisters. She also pickles a mean cow’s foot.

Anansi Boys is a six-part limited series and will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. The book’s story was originally developed in a conversation between Neil Gaiman and Sir Lenny 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 who has an overall deal with Amazon, 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.


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