After a recent flurry of casting announcements over the past few weeks, Starz and FreemantleMedia North America have officially begun production on the 10 episode first season of American Gods this week in Toronto, CA. Adapted from the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, from creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, the series will also be moving to several other shooting locations across America.
The story follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, 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.
Gaiman took to Twitter to share the first set photos from the series as well, and prepare yourselves to get a whole lot more excited than you already were:
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) April 20, 2016
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) April 21, 2016
(Side note: I don’t know if that’s the official logo for the series or not, but I officially love it nonetheless.)
The series also stars Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Sean Harris as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover as Mr World, and Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith. In addition to those tweets from Gaiman as well, several official photos from the set have been revealed also, showing Gaiman and co. around the set, and giving tiny glimpses at some of the characters and official sets in the series:
Several new cast members were announced to be joining the series as well, including Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Chris Obi as Anubis, and Mousa Kraish as The Jinn.
As of right now, this is setting itself up to be one of the most promising tv series in development right now. Granted, any time Bryan Fuller is involved in a series, it gets a level of hype behind it that other shows might now, but partnering that with the already beloved source material and fantastic cast, and you get a series that very much has the possibility to become a can’t-miss addition to the television lineup. Considering the high quantity of event shows on the air right now as well – that’s saying something.
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