We’ve seen a few official images from next year’s Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, with showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green at the helm, including our first look at Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednesday, Ricky Whittle’s Shadow Moon, Pablo Schreiber Mad Sweeney, Gillian Anderson as Media, and more. With the series set to have a sizable presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con though, it looks like the recent promotional uptake for the series isn’t going to be slowing down, any time soon at least.
While we’ve already seen Shadow in some of the series photos released so far, we have yet to see his “otherworldly” wife, Laura, played by Emily Browning in the show. Until now, at least.
Entertainment Weekly has released the above image from the new series, which not only offers another look at Shadow Moon, but sees him standing opposite Browning’s Laura as well. You’ll notice fairly quickly though that Laura’s naked in the photo, with some fairly terrifying scars lining her chest. Fans of the novel will know why they’re there and why Shadow’s expression is like that in the image above too.
Fuller teased why Laura was one of his and Green’s favorite characters to adapt in the show as well, and what it’s been like working with Browning:
“It was fun to take what Neil had created for Laura in the book and imagine her point of view from the scenario that she was in now. One of my favorite times collaboratively on this is when Michael and I were first talking about crafting and expanding Laura’s story, because it felt like we had been handed the baton of her character and could run. She’s always been a source of joy with this show because Michael and I are so in sync with who she is and what she should be and what we can say through her. And the really magical thing was sitting down with Emily and hearing her perspective because I think she gave us permission to go places that we had tested but were cautious about in our approach.”
I’ll refrain from spoiling anything from the story for all of you non-book readers out there, but seeing how Fuller and co. plan on adapting and morphing Laura’s story in the show should be one of the more interesting storylines to follow in the beginning.
If you were to ask me though, right now, what shows you should be watching out for in the next year, I think that American Gods would probably be the first one on my list. This is shaping up to be unlike anything else on TV right now, with one of the best ensemble casts already assembled as well.
American Gods is set to premiere on Starz sometime in 2017.
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