The highly anticipated new series American Gods starring Manchester born, Ricky Whittle in the lead finally hits the UK via Amazon Prime Monday 1st May 2017.
Adapted from English author, Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, American Gods the series is about a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. The plot centres around Shadow Moon (Whittle), an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
Recently seen in The 100, Whittle’s break out roles include Hollyoaks, Mistresses and Holby City.
Nigerian born actress, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius; Masters of Sex) has been cast as Bilquis otherwise known as The Queen of Sheba. Show creator Bryan Fuller has said, “One of the exciting things for us in adapting this is that we get to expand characters, so Bilquis, who is only in a chapter of the book, then you don’t see her again, is a major player in this world.” Bilquis is described as an ancient goddess of love who craves worship. Apparently there’s going to be a scene where she’ll eat a man with her ladyflower. CAN’T WAIT to see how they visualise that.
Comedian / actor Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, Madiba) has been cast as Mr. Nancy, the old African trickster god better known as Anansi. Mr. Nancy is one of Mr. Wednesday’s oldest friends and is down for Wednesday’s mission to take on the new gods.
Demore Barnes (Hemlock Grove, 12 Monkeys has been cast as Mr Ibis aka Egyptian god Thoth.
Additional cast for the show includes Emily Browning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) as Shadow’s wife Laura, Gillian Anderson (X-Files) as new god, Media. Crispin Glover (Back To The Future) as Mr. World, and Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law) as Vulcan.
American Gods was been adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for Starz.
American Gods comes to Amazon Prime Monday 1st May 2017. Find out more here.