After a pitch-perfect casting of Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday recently, Starz’ TV series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods has added yet another talented star to its cast, with Legend and Sucker Punch actress Emily Browning joining the cast as Laura Moon, according to a new report by The Hollywood Reporter.
The series will follow Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex con who is hired as the bodyguard for a con man called Mr. Wednesday, who in all actuality is one of the world’s oldest gods, on a mission across country to try and unite his forces in an impending war against the new deities.
Laura Moon is the wife of Shadow, who has spent years waiting for her husband’s release from prison, but is pulled into an unexpected adventure that not only leads her to an epiphany about her relationship, but also offers her a second chance to make things right.
Gaiman commented on Browning’s casting with the following:
“I’ve been fascinated by Emily Browning since A Series of Unfortunate Events. She has a challenge ahead of her: Laura is a tricky character, and the Laura on the screen is even trickier and more dangerous than the one on the page. She’s going to have a wonderful time bringing Laura to life.”
Adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who also penned the pilot episode and will act as showrunners with David Slade set to direct the pilot as well, the series will touch on a number of the source material’s themes and recurring aspects including the current society’s obsession with money, sex, celebrity, drugs, technology, and the media. Production is expected to begin this April.
Browning has always struck me as a talented actress that gets cast in more disappointing projects than extraordinary, similar to Ryan Reynolds’ poor streak before Deadpool this year. With American Gods though, she might finally have her chance to sink her teeth into some legitimately interesting material, and with a character as interesting as Laura at her disposal, this could be the chance that Browning has been waiting her entire career for.
As far as I’m concerned too, this is one of the most promising TV projects in development right now. Bryan Fuller has created and run a number of what are, in my opinion, some of the best TV shows of the century so far, and with a cast that just gets better and better, along with the blessing of Gaiman himself, American Gods will be one to watch out for when it finally makes its premiere.
TheAmerican Gods TV series is currently in development at Starz.
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